Takashi Okada

Dr Takashi Okada

Senior Research Fellow

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Takashi completed his PhD at the Tohoku University Japan for his study on immunological and biological characterization of Brassica pollen allergen. Then, he worked as a pos-doc fellow at University of Melbourne for transcriptome analysis of male gametic cells and identification of male gamete-specific histone H3. He also worked as a senior pos-doc fellow in CSIRO for genetic analysis of asexual seed formation induced by unreduced gamete formation and parthenogenesis. He joined University of Adelaide in 2012, working as a unit leader of the DuPont Pioneer Hybrid Wheat Project, focused on floral architecture. Since December 2019, he has been working on the current project in the Robinson Research Institute at the School of Biomedicine.

Takashi has expertise in molecular biology, developmental and reproductive biology, genetics and bioinformatics. He has been working on multiple scientific research projects for animal and plant reproduction.  His current project in the Mitochondrial Genetics group at the School of Biomedicine aims to understand the effect of mitochondrial deficiency and supplementation in oocytes on fertility and reproductive outcomes using pig model.  His research addresses 1) how mitochondrial deficiency in oocytes affect transcriptome profile in pig oocytes; 2) if mitochondrial supplementation in oocytes changes DNA methylation profile in embryo; and 3) how mitochondrial supplementation influences gene expression in embryo and adult tissues. He also addresses a 40-year debate over DNA methylation in mammalian mitochondrial genome.



Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015 WRI Equipment Grant Okada T, Mayo G, Waite Research Institute $31K
2013 WRI Equipment Grant Mayo G, Okada T, Waite Research Institute $42K
2010 Transformation Technology Okada T CSIRO Plant Industry $23K
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83132318
  • Email: takashi.okada@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137102
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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