Dr. Daisuke KOYABU

Associate Professor
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Room 1B-409, 4/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street, City University of Hong Kong
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Dai Koyabu is an Associate Professor in Comparative Anatomy at the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. He was educated at Kyoto University, University of California at Berkeley, and University of Tokyo, and had postdoctoral training at the University of Zurich. After serving as faculty member at Musashino Art University and University of Tokyo, he joined City University of Hong Kong in 2019. Integrating comparative anatomy, developmental biology, and palaeontology, he studies the evolution and diversity of the body structure of mammals. His research involves field works in South East Asia and collaborative works with zoos and natural history museums.

He is a winner of numerous awards, including the most prestigious academic prize granted to Japanese young scientists under 40 (Young Scientists' Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japanese Government). Other notable awards include the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Japanese Society of Evolutionary Studies, Fritz-Frank Award from the German Society for Mammalian Biology, and the Young Scientist Initiative Award from the Mammalogical Society of Japan.

He serves as an editor for PeerJ, Mammalian Biology, Mammal Study, and Morphomuseum. He is a Recommender for PCI Paleontology and an Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM).

  • Evo-Devo and comparative anatomy of the mammalian cranium
  • Bridging developmental genetics and palaeontology
  • Comparative anatomy of reproduction-related traits (genitalia and placenta) in bats
  • Anatomy and development of echolocation-related traits in bats
  • Natural history studies on Hong Kong’s undescribed local mammals

Ledevin, R., Koyabu, D.
Patterns and constraints of craniofacial variation in colobine monkeys: disentangling the effects of phylogeny, allometry and diet.
Evolutionary Biology 46: 14–34 (2019).

Nojiri, T., Werneburg, I., Son, N.T., Tu, V.T., Sasaki, T., Maekawa, Y., Koyabu, D.
Prenatal cranial bone development of Thomas’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus thomasi): with special reference to petrosal morphology.
Journal of Morphology 279(6): 809-827(2018).

Koyabu, D., Son, N.T.
Patterns of postcranial ossification and sequence heterochrony in bats: life histories and developmental trade-offs.
Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 322: 607–618 (2014).

Koyabu, D., Werneburg, I., Morimoto, N., Zollikofer, C.P.E., Forasiepi, A.M., Endo, H., Kimura, J., Ohdachi, S.D., Son, N.T., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R.
Mammalian skull heterochrony reveals modular evolution and a link between cranial development and brain size.
Nature Communications 5: 365 (2014).

Koyabu, D., Maier, W., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R.
Paleontological and developmental evidence resolve the homology and dual embryonic origin of a mammalian skull bone, the interparietal.
PNAS 109 (35): 14075-14080 (2012).