Gene Discovery Research Group

Group Director

Kazuo Shinozaki

D.Sci.

Kazuo Shinozaki

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1977
D.Sci., Institute of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University
1978
Research Associate, National Institute of Genetics
1983
Research Associate, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University
1986
Associate Professor, Center for Gene Research, Nagoya University
1987
Visiting Scientist, Rockefeller University, USA
1989
Chief Scientist, Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory, RIKEN Tsukuba Institute
1993
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, Tsukuba University (-current)
1999
Project Director, RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center
2003
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
2005
Director, RIKEN Plant Science Center
2005
Group Director, Gene Discovery Research Group, RIKEN Plant Science Center
2005
Team Leader, Gene Discovery Research Team, RIKEN Plant Science Center
2005
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Media and Politics, Keio University (-current)
2010
Program Director, RIKEN Biomass Engineering Program
2010
Team Leader, Biomass Research Platform Team, RIKEN Biomass Engineering Program
2013
Director, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
2013
Group Director, Gene Discovery Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)
2020
Senior Advisor, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

Contact

kazuo.shinozaki

Gene Discovery Research Group,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074 Japan
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2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Outline

Gene Discovery Research Group
Our group is discovering plant genes of which functions are linked to quantitative improvements in plant growth and those with new functions for minimizing the effects of the environmental stresses to achieve maximum productivity. Based on the genomic analysis including transcriptomics and metabolomics, we explore key genes involved in regulation of abiotic stress response, photosynthesis and productions of useful metabolites for the improvement of plant productivity.

Subjects

  1. Discovery of genes, signaling molecules, transporters and metabolites involved in dehydration stress and ABA responses
  2. Improvement of drought stress tolerance and water use efficiency of crops by international collaboration
  3. Analysis of chloroplast functions in photosynthesis under stress conditions
  4. Development of systematic phenotype analysis platform (phenome analysis) for functional analysis of mutated genes
  5. Comparative genomics and its application to crop improvement
The outline of research activities in Gene Discovery Research Group
ABA signal transduction pathway