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Okinawa Churashima RESEARCH CENTER

Research on marine organisms

Research staff profile

Keiichi Ueda

Keiichi Ueda, Ph.D.

(Laboratory Manager & Senior Research Scientist, Zoological Laboratory)

Area of expertise Clinical veterinary of the small cetaceans
Research content Research on surgical procedures of aquatic animals
Research on fungal infections concerning the small cetaceans


  • 1996 - Bachelor of Agriculture in Veterinary Medicine Rakuno Gakuen University
  • 1996 - Served at Okinawa Marine Organism Breeding Technology Center
  • 2002 - Current post at the Ocean Exposition Commemorative Park Management Foundation (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium)
  • 2008 - Additional post at the Research Center
  • 2013 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Awards received and others

  • 2005 - Excellence in Science Communication Award at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
  • 2006 - Excellent Presentation Award at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • 2009 - Artificial tail fin patented
  • 2012 - Excellent Presentation Award at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • 2012 - Excellent Presentation Award at the Rehabilitation Care Joint Study Conference Sapporo 2012
  • 2013 - Soma Award of the Japan Placenta Association
  • 2013~2014 - Excellent Paper Award of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Essays, Reports

  • Ueda K, Murakami M, Kato J, Miyahara H, Izumisawa Y (2013) Intervention to improve the quality of life of a bottlenose dolphin that developed necrosis on the tail flukes. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 25:1201-1207.
  • Ueda K, Sano A, Yamate, Itano-Nakagawa E, Kuwamura M, Izawa T, Tanaka M, Hasegawa Y, Chibana H, Izumisawa Y, Miyahara H, Uchida S (2013) Two Cases of Lacaziosis in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Japan. Veterinary Medicine 2013: Article ID 318548, 9 pages (
  • Ueda K, Izumisawa Y, Miyahara H (2014) Surgical Treatment of Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus, Tursiops truncatus, Pseudorca crassidens, and Steno bredanensis) in an Aquarium. Aquatic Mammals 2014, 40(2), 185-190, DOI 10.1578/AM.40.2.2014.185
  • Tomita T, Toda M, Ueda K, Uchida S, Nakaya K (2012) Live-brearing manta ray: How the embryo acquires oxygen without placenta and umbilical cord. Biology Letters 8:721-724.
  • Suzuki M, Nozawa A, Ueda K, Bungo T, Terao H, Asahina K (2012) Secretory patterns of catecholamines in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. General and Comparative Endocrinology 177: 76–81.
  • Funasaka N, Yoshioka M, Suzuki M, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Uchida S (2011) Seasonal Difference of Diurnal Variations in Serum Melatonin, Cortisol, Testosterone, and Rectal Temperature in Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). Aquatic mammals 37: 433-442.
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2011) Bending Properties of Tail Flukes of Dolphin. Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering 6: 15-25.
  • Von Lieven AF, Uni S, Ueda K, Barbuto M, Bain O (2011) Cutidiplogaster manati n. gen., n. sp. (Nematoda: Diplogastridae) from skin lesions of a West Indian manatee (Sirenia) from the Okinawa Churaumi
  • Takahashi H, Ueda K, Itano-Nakagawa E, Yanagisawa M, Murata Y, Murata M, Yaguchi T, Murakami M, Kamei K, Inomata T, Miyahara H, Sano A, Uchida S (2010) Candida albicans and C. tropicalis Isolates from the Expired Breathes of Captive Dolphins and Their Environments in an Aquarium. Veterinary Medicine International. Volume 2010, Article ID 349364, 12 pages (
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Kobayashi S, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2010) Structure and Mechanical Properties on Tail Flukes of Dolphin. Journal of Aero Aqua Bio-Mechanisms 1: 45-50.
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Kobayashi S, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2010) Structure and Bending Properties of Central Part of Tail Fin of Dolphin. Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering 5: 388-398
  • Suzuki M, Uchida S, Ueda K, Tobayama T, Katsumata E, Yoshioka M, Aida K (2003) Diurnal and annual changes in serum cortisol concentrations in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins Tursiops aduncus and killer whales Orcinus orca. General and Comparative Endocrinology 132: 427–433.
  • Ayako Sano, Makio Yanagisawa, Ayumi Asato, Keiichi Ueda: Special Feature of Fungal Disease Observed in Case Examples, Skin Infection of Manatees due to Fusarium (Fusarium solani complex), Journal of the Veterinary Medicine. 66:194-200, 2013.
  • Desire To Work with Animals! (1) Zoo and Aquarium Occupation of Presenting Living Creatures pp38-39. Gakken, 2006
  • Marine Animal Aquarium Biology of Breeding and Displaying, pp183-187, Tokai University Press, 2010
  • Tomita, T., Toda, M., Miyamoto, K., Oka, S., Ueda, K., and Sato, K. 2018 Development of the lunate-shaped caudal fin in white shark embryos. The Anatomical Record.
  • Tomoko Minakawa, Keiichi Ueda, Miyuu Tanaka, Natsuki Tanaka, Mitsuru Kuwamura, Takeshi Izawa, Toshihiro Konno, Jyoji Yamate, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Ayako Sano, Shinpei Wada (2016) Detection of Multiple Budding Yeast Cells and a Partial Sequence of 43-kDa Glycoprotein Coding Gene of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis from a Case of Lacaziosis in a Female Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) Mycopathologia DOI 10.1007/s11046-016-9988-4
  • Ueda K, Nakamura I, Itano EN, Takemura K, Nakazato Y, Sano A.(2017) Trichosporon asteroids isolated from cutaneous lesions of a suspected case of “paracoccidioidomycosis ceti” in a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates). Mycopathologia, 182: 937-946.
  • Ueda K, Yanagisawa M, Murakumo K, Matsumoto Y, Sato K, Uchida S. (2017) Physical examination and clinical approach for large elasmobranchs. Chapter 26. The 2nd Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual. in press
  • Minakawa T, UedaK, Sano A, Kamisako H, Iwanaga M, Komine T, Wada S.(2018) A Suspected Case of Paracoccidioidomycosis Ceti in a Male Aquarium-maintained Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) in Japan. Japanese Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 17-11, 2018.
  • Itou T, Koie H, Yanagisawa M, Ueda K, Kuwano R, Suzuki M, Moritomo T, Sasaki T. (2010) Bone marrow biopsy from the flipper of a dolphin The Veterinary Journal 185:216-217
  • Itou T, Koie H, Yanagisawa M, Ueda K, Kuwano R, Suzuki M, Moritomo T, Sasaki T. (2010) A new approach to bone biopsy in cetaceans The Veterinary Journal 185:101-102
  • Jun Tamura, Makio Yanagisawa, Yusuke Endo, Keiichi Ueda, Haruka Koga, Yasuharu Izumisawa, and Kazuto Yamashita. (2017) Anesthetic Management of an Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) Requiring Surgical debridement of a Tail Abscess. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(1):200-203

Affiliated academic society

  • The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
  • Japan Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • Japan Rehabilitation Care Association
  • Japan Placenta Association