Inter-Institutional Cooperative Laboratories
Laboratory of Applied Bioresources
KIKAWADA Takahiro Assoc. Prof. Ph.D.
Other Affiliations: National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Extreme biology, Molecular mimetics, Genomics
Extreme tolerance, Genome, Dry preservation technology
I spent all of my time until completing my master's degree in my hometown, Iwate, surrounded by rich nature. When I was a graduate student, I studied the regulation mechanism of gene expression using cultured rat cells. I finally left the Tohoku region when I was offered a job at a national research institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tsukuba. Since 2000, I have been studying the extreme desiccation tolerance mechanism in the sleeping chironomid, an insect with the ability to survive drought. In the progress of this research, I identified important genes and metabolites involved in the desiccation tolerance Occasionally, I also conducted field sampling of insects that live in extreme environments. Currently, in collaboration with many research institutes in Japan and overseas, I am trying to get closer to the secret of the desiccation tolerance by combining cell engineering techniques such as genomics and genome editing technology using the dry-preservable cultured cell line (Pv11 cells) derived from the sleeping chironomid. Meanwhile, I am developing a technology for dry preservation of proteins and cells at room temperature by applying molecular mechanisms underlying the desiccation tolerance.
|2015 – Present||Associate Professor, Laboratory of Applied Bioresources, Department of Integrated Biosciences, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|2019 – Present||Senior Principal Scientist, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)|
|2016 – 2019||Principal Scientist, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, NARO|
|2009||Ph. D. Tokyo Institute of Technology|
|2006 – 2016||Principal Researcher, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)|
|2001 – 2006||Researcher, NIAS|
|1994 – 2001||Researcher, National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science|
|1994||M. Sc. The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University|
|1992||B. Sc. Department of Agricultural Sciences, Iwate University|