Plant Immunity Research Group

Group Director

Ken Shirasu

Ph.D.

Ken Shirasu

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1993
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, USA
1993
Postdoctoral Fellow, Salk Institute / Noble Foundation, USA
1996
Research Scientist, Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, UK
2000
Group Leader, Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, UK
2006
Group Director, Plant Immunity Research Group, RIKEN Plant Science Center
2008
Adjunct Professor, University of Tokyo
2013
Group Director, Plant Immunity Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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ken.shirasu

Plant Immunity Research Group,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

#E618 6F East Research Building,
1-7-22 Suehiro, Tsurumi, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045 Japan
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Plant Immunity Research Group
Our group’s ultimate goal is to fully describe functions of genes, proteins and small molecular compounds that are essential for immunity in plants. As the first step, we focus on regulatory mechanism of immunity by studying dynamics of resistance signaling complexes and protein modifications that control defense responses. In addition, we plan to identify novel genes involved in plant immunity by isolating defense mutants in model plants. We also collaborate with the Metabolomics Research Group to isolate small molecule compounds involved in disease resistance.

Subjects

  1. Characterization of plant immunity signaling complexes
  2. Characterization of ubiquitin ligases involved in plant immunity
  3. Isolation and characterization of novel genes in plant immunity by chemical genetics
  4. Plant pathogen genomics
  5. Molecular analysis of parasitic plant Striga
Strawberry anthracnose disease caused by Colletotrichum fungi
Anthracnose disease in A. Strawberry Leaves, B. Strawberry, C. Strawberry leaves by microscope
Molecular Biology of parasitic plant Striga
The damage caused by the parasitic plant Striga is a serious problem in Africa. We initiated genomic studies of Striga.