Mathematical Biology Laboratory Department of Biology, Kyushu University


Koji Noshita


Koji Noshita

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Assistant Professor, Mathematical Biology Laboratory
Department of Biology, Kyushu University


  • 2006 - 2010 B.S., Geoscience (Shizuoka Univ., Japan)
  • 2010 - 2012 M.S., Mathematical Biology (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
  • 2010 - 2015 Ph.D., Mathematical Biology (Kyushu Univ., Japan)
  • Apr., 2014 - Nov., 2014 Visiting Scholar in Plotkin Research Group,UPenn (USA)


  • 2012 - 2015 Research Fellow (JSPS DC1)
  • 2015 - 2016 Project Researcher (UTokyo)
  • 2016 - 2020 JST PRESTO Researcher
  • 2016 - present Visiting Fellow (UTokyo)


I am broadly interested in morphometrics and theoretical morphology. Research subjects are animals (e.g. gastropod shells, mice, humans), plants (e.g. shoots of soybean, wheat, and cassava, peach trees ), and artifacts (e.g. earthenware), etc. Recently, I focus on goals to contribute development of ground-based remote sensing technologies, 3D image analysis, and machine learning algorithms for field-based high-throughput phenotyping and modeling for observed phenotypic data.


(10) Sakamoto, L., Kajiya-Kanegae, H., Noshita, K., Takanashi, H., Kobayashi, M., Kudo, T., Yano, K., Tokunaga, T., Tsutsumi, N., Iwata, H. (2019). Comparison of shape quantification methods for genomic prediction, and genome-wide association study of sorghum seed morphology. PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0224695.
(9) Fukano, Y., Guo, W. Noshita, K., Hashida, H. and Kamikawa, S. Genotype-aggregated planting improves yield in Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) due to self/non-self discrimination. (2018) Evolutionary Applications 12(3). pp. 508-518.
(8) Guo, W. Zheng, B. Potgieter, A.B., Diot, J. Watanabe, K., Noshita, K., Jordan, D. Wang, X., Watson, J. Ninomiya, S. and Chapman, S.C. Aerial Imagery Analysis – Quantifying Appearance and Number of Sorghum Heads for Applications in Breeding and Agronomy. (2018) Frontiers in Plant Science 9, 1544. pp. 1–9.
(7) Mu, Y., Fujii, Y., Takata, D., Zheng, B., Noshita, K., Honda, K., Ninomiya, S. and Guo W. Characterization of peach tree crown by using high-resolution images from an unmanned aerial vehicle. Horticulture Research (2018) 5 (74). pp. 1-10.
(6) Reynolds D.†, Baret F.†, Welcker C.†, Bostrom A.†, Ball J., Cellini F., Lorence A., Chawade A., Khafif M., Noshita K., Mueller-Linow M., Zhou J.*, Tardieu F.* What is cost-efficient phenotyping? Optimizing costs for different scenarios. Plant Science (2018) 282, pp. 14-22., (†Joint First Authours, *Corresponding Authors)
(5) Shimizu, K., Kimoto, K., Noshita, K., Wakita, M., Fujiki, T., and Sasaki, T. Phylogeography of the pelagic snail Limacina helicina (Gastropoda: Thecosomata) in the subarctic western North Pacific, Journal of Molluscan Studies (2017),
(4) Fujiu, K., Shibata, M., Nakayama, Y., Ogata, F., Matsumoto, S., Noshita, K., Iwami, S., Nakae, S., Komuro, I., Nagai, R. and Manabe, I. A heart-brain-kidney network controls adaptation to cardiac stress through tissue macrophage activation. Nature Medicine (2017) 23 (5), pp. 611–622.
(3) Noshita, K., Shimizu, K., and Sasaki, T. Geometric analysis and estimation of the growth rate gradient on gastropod shells. Journal of Theoretical Biology (2016), 389, pp. 11–19.
(2) Noshita, K. Quantification and geometric analysis of coiling patterns in gastropod shells based on 3D and 2D image data. Journal of Theoretical Biology (2014) 363, pp. 93-104.
(1) Noshita, K., Asami, T. and Ubukata, T. Functional constraints on coiling geometry and aperture inclination in gastropods. Paleobiology (2012) 39 (2), pp. 322–334.

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