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Kenichi W. Okamoto

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
Office
Owens 358
Hours
10:00 to 11:00 AM Tuesday and Thursday
Phone
(651)962-5226
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5226
Fax
(651)962-5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Integrating theory and data to elucidate eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Evolutionary epidemiology
  • The evolution of interspecific interference competition

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Host-pathogen coevolution in spatially-structured environments
  • Applying high performance computing to forecast eco-evolutionary dynamics in multispecies communities
  • The eco-evolutionary consequences of interspecific aggression 

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Okamoto, K. W. and P. Amarasekare.  A framework for high-throughput eco-evolutionary simulations integrating multilocus forward-time population genetics and community ecology. In press, Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • Okamoto, K. W., F. Gould and A. L. Lloyd. Integrating transgenic vector manipulation with clinical interventions to manage vector-borne diseases.  2016.  PLoS Computational Biology 12:e1004695.  
  • B. R. Wasik, Andrés R. Muñoz-Rojas, K. W. Okamoto, K. Miller-Jensen and P. E. Turner. 2016. Generalized selection to overcome innate immunity selects for host breadth in an RNA virus. Evolution 2016 70:270-81 
  • Okamoto, K. W. ,  R.  B.  Langerhans,  R.  Rashid and  P.  Amarasekare.   2015.   Microevolutionary  patterns  in  the  common  caiman  predict  macroevolutionary  trends  across  extant crocodilians. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society .  116:834-846.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 467 - 01 Emerging Infectious Diseases - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OSS 122
CRN: 41034 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenichi W. Okamoto This course focuses on emerging infectious diseases from many different perspectives with particular attention to the ways in which human behavior is altering the ecology of infectious disease transmission, thereby promoting emergence of these diseases as a major global health threat. The course will be a seminar format designed around case studies, discussion, guest speakers, and student projects. Laboratory will consist of an independent research project done in collaboration with the professor and peers. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Two biology courses at the 300-level or above

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BIOL 467 - 51 Emerging Infectious Diseas/LAB - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OSS 325
CRN: 41035 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenichi W. Okamoto This course focuses on emerging infectious diseases from many different perspectives with particular attention to the ways in which human behavior is altering the ecology of infectious disease transmission, thereby promoting emergence of these diseases as a major global health threat. The course will be a seminar format designed around case studies, discussion, guest speakers, and student projects. Laboratory will consist of an independent research project done in collaboration with the professor and peers. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Two biology courses at the 300-level or above

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 398 - 03 Darwin's Algorithms M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OWS LL54
CRN: 22128 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenichi W. Okamoto This course introduces students to harnessing the power of modern computers to explore two fundamental questions in biology: where did we come from, and where are we going? In the first half of the term, we will seek to reconstruct the molecular biology of the so-called "Last Universal Common Ancestor" from which all earthly life descends. The second half aims to peer into how different life forms could evolve after humans become extinct. Labs emphasize developing the skills necessary for answering these questions in silico: analyzing biological sequences in a phylogenetic context, and designing and implementing experiments with artificial life. The final project asks students to use these skills to tackle a biological or biomedical question of their choosing. Some project options include planning resistance-proof chemotherapies for cancer, exploring whether evolutionary forestry can halt the emerald ash borer in the Twin Cities, or taking a stab at reconstructing the early spread of genes responsible for the evolution of human language. Prerequisites: Biol 207 and STAT 220 or Instructor Permission

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BIOL 398 - 54 Darwin's Algorithms / Lab - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OSS 327
CRN: 22129 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Kenichi W. Okamoto The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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