Biomacromolecules Research Team

Team Leader

Keiji Numata

Ph.D.

Keiji Numata

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2006
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (DC), Tokyo Institute of Technology
2007
Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology
2007
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (PD), Tokyo Institute of Technology & RIKEN
2008
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, USA
2010
Senior Scientist, Enzyme Research Team, RIKEN
2011
Visiting Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia
2012
Team Leader, Enzyme Research Team, RIKEN
2013
Team Leader, Enzyme Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
2018
Team Leader, Biomacromolecules Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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keiji.numata

Biomacromolecules Research Team,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

#529 5F Main Research Building,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Outline

Biomacromolecules Research Team
We aim to search for, create and develop new functional enzymes (polymerase and protease) as well as new microorganisms (phototrophic bacteria) to contain developed enzymes based on the relationship between structures and functions of biopolymer synthases. The final goal of our laboratory is to design and develop novel functional enzymes to produce biopolymers such as poly (hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA) and polyamide/polypeptide, which can be used as structural materials.

Subjects

  1. 3D structures and polymerization mechanisms of biopolymer synthases
  2. Search and development of microorganisms, polymerases, and depolymerases
  3. Design and biosynthesis of bio-inspired functional peptides
  4. Biopolymer production and plant modifications via plant biotechnology
Research strategy of “Biomacromolecules Research Team”