SUNAMURA Michinari

SUNAMURA Michinari
Assistant Professor, Research Associate
Department of Earth and Planetary Environmental Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Environmental Science (UG), Department of Earth and Planetary Physics (UG), Department of Earth and Planetary Science (GR), Graduate School of Science
TEL +81-3-5841-4520  | 24520(ext.)
Room 1515, Faculty of Science Bldg.4, 5F

Research Field

Geomicrobiology, Microbial Ecology

Research Subject

Study on Structure and Function of Microbial Community in the Ocean and Seafloor

Current Research

My research interest is the role of microbial community in the Earth system. Especially, I am working on the microbial community in the ocean, seafloor, and terrestrial environment related with the earth activity such as volcano and earthquakes. Samples are obtained from the deep-sea hydrothermal vents and plumes using research vessels and submersibles. The microbial community structures, genomic information, and in situ activity are determined based on molecular biological techniques and single cell analysis. Sometimes I need to develop suitable methods for the single microbial cell analysis in natural environments. I analyze these microbiological information with geochemical and geophysical features in the environment to estimate the role of microbial community both qualitatively and quantitatively.


Interaction between the Earth and microbes, Microbial Community, Single cell analysis, Fluorescent in situ Hybridization, Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vent and Plume, Underground and Sub-Seafloor