Taishi Umezawa - Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology - Keywords: Plant Molecular Biology, Arabidopsis, abiotic stress, drought tolerance, salt tolerance, abscisic acid, ABA, signal transduction, proteome, phosphoproteomics, protein phosphoryaltion

Research interests

Recent emerging global and environmental issues, such as desertification or global warming etc., has a great impact on agricultural production worldwide, because such environmental changes cause multiple abiotic stresses (drought, saliniy or temperature etc.) for plants. One of our major goal is to develop stress-tolerant crops/trees, through a series of biological studies on the molecular mechanisms of cellular signal transduction in responses to abiotic stress in plants, mainly focusing on protein posttranslational modifications (e.g. phosphorylation). Our approach includes multiple techniques in plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and systems biology. Recently we are trying to apply phosphoproteomics to investigate signal transduction networks in plants.

News & Topics

1 May, 2017, Taishi named as Highly Cited Researchers 2016!

16-18 March, 2017, Three students had poster presentations in the 58th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists at Kagoshima.

17 Nov., 2015, Our work has been published in PNAS, as a part of collaborative research with Dr. Daisuke Takezawa at Saitama University.

30 Oct., 2015, Our work has been published in ChemBioChem, as a part of collaborative research with RIKEN.

29 Sep.-10 Oct., 2015, We invited Dr Frank Gubler, a chief research scientist of CSIRO, Australia, to our lab.

23-24 Sep. 2015, Taishi was invited to give a talk in the 2nd AOAPO meeting in Korea.

6-8 Sep., 2015, Two students had poster presentations in the 79th Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of Japan at Niigata.

5-9 July, 2015, Taishi joined to 26th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research in Paris.

26 May-2 June, 2015, Taishi and Shin visited CSIRO Canberra, Australia, to promote our collaborative research on barley.

Contact info.

We encourage your application to our Master or Ph.D. courses, or some fellowship positions for postdoc as follows;
For Graduate students
--> Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering (BASE)
For non-Japanese scientists
--> JSPS Fellowship
--> Human Frontier Science Program
For Japanese scientists
--> JSPS Fellowship

If you are interested in our lab, plese contact us.

Taishi Umezawa, Ph.D.
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
2-24-16 Nakacho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588

e-mail:taishi(at)cc.tuat.ac.jp [substitue "atmark" for (at) ]