Kazuo Shinozaki

  • May 14, 2018
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Date & Location: May 14, 2018, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building

Subject: Anton Lang Awards & Lecture

About the Event

The Anton Lang Memorial Fund was established in honor of the founding director of the Plant Research Laboratory, who passed away in 1996. Proceeds from the fund go towards annually supporting the Anton Lang Memorial Lecture - presented this year by Dr. Kazuo Shinozaki - and recognizing a graduate student and a postdoctoral research associate who exemplify the research excellence, ideas, dedication, and vision of Anton Lang.

Speaker: Kazuo Shinozaki: Director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan

Title: Understanding of regulatory gene network in drought stress responses and tolerance and its application to breeding

Speaker Research Interests: Dr. Shinozaki is director of the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan. He is also a leader of Gene Discovery Research group, and has been working to discover useful plant genes of which functions are linked to quantitative improvements in plants and those with new functions for minimizing the effects of the environmental stresses to achieve maximum productivity. Other targets of research include not only genes that respond to environmental stress but also genes involved in regulation of plant hormone abscisic acid. He has explored key genes involved in abiotic stress tolerance based on genomics including transcriptome and metabolome analyses, and has been analyzing regulatory factors and signaling factors involved in the control of gene expression in response to abiotic environmental stresses like drought.

For more, see this 2014 Trends in Plant Science interview.