Lecture & Seminar at the University of Tokyo
Seminar at Fronties in Integrated Symbiology
MEXT Grant retreat at Hamamatsu!
Shirasu ice cream!
Visiting Michigan State University signing MOU
He just got PhD at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Techology under supervision of Prof Arie.
He will work on Fusarium virulence with Shuta!
Thomas and Yasunori leave to start new adventure!
Good luck in new places, both of you!
Intern students granduated and get jobs! Well done, Emiko, Hinako, Kuro, Soushi! Good luck!
And Amal goes back to Tunisia to finish her PhD! Good luck!
Ayako and Kuma attended the 14th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG14) at Haifa, Israel.
Ayako was selected for talk! Well done, Ayako!
10th Annula Lab Ski/Snowboard Tour
This year we invited Minoda Lab and visited Nozawa Onsen!
Organized Keystone Symposium "Plant Signaling: Molecular Pathways and Network Integration"
12th year anniversary of the lab!
RIKEN "Integrated Symbiology (iSYM)" project started!
Kickoff Workshop ( program) was held on August 21-22, 2017.
Thomas' paper is featured by Nature Plants!
Amal Boukteb, a PhD studnet, from Tunisia, joined our lab for 3 month experiment working on Orobanche foetida on faba beans. O. foetida is a big problem in Tunisia! Well come, Amal!
New Members x2！
Start research on parasitic plants!
Start research on parasitic nematodes!
Visiting RIKEN SPring-8
あれから11年。オリジナルメンバーのHIROがドイツでPIに。GOOD LUCK, HIRO!
Good luck, Simon!
In Germany and France!
Just released the draft genome sequence of Colletotrichum chlorophyti!
Data are here!
Hosting annual meeting of MEXT consortium grant
Annual meeting on Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, a MEXT Grant-in Aid Project FY2015-2019 "Integrative system of autonomous environmental signal recognition and memorization for plant plasticity"
Sebastian Scornack and Alexander Jones from SLCU also joined!
Visited Nagasaki Agricultural Reseach Center at Isahaya.
Strawberry research station.
Nagasaki Lantan Festival at night!
The 9th Lab Ski/Snowboard Tour!
Hakuba, Happo One! Poweder snow!
JGPP January issue cover!
Well done, Pam!
Happy New Year!
Bou Nen Kai (The end of year party!)
Selected as Best of 2016: Top Topics in Plant Cell!
2016-11-30 〜 12-02
Invited Talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Asia
Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Response, AWAJI, JAPAN
at Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center
Anu got the best poster award from Wolf Frommer!
Twitter comments are here.
Well done, Anu! Yumemitai!
Seminar at Pioneering New Fields: Forefront of RIKEN’s Science and Beyond
Pioneering New Fields: Forefront of RIKEN’s Science and Beyond
Good discussion with Iain W. Mattaj (EMBL)とScott Fraser（USC)
PRESTO meeting at Kurume
NG talents all together!
Attending CRP meeting on Striga resistant breeding at IAEA.
Reunion with Musembi and Songkui
Found U-box in Wien.
Lecture at Meiji Univ.
Annual 3-day lecture on plant immunity for graduate students.
Hugh Mulvey, who is a Cambridge Univ Grad, joined our lab as a technical staff!
Plant Cell August issue cover!
Lab Summer Hiking at Shiga Highland
Lab Summer BBQ!
Outreach in Yoga elementary school
Attending MPMI 2016, Portland
Haruka Kobayashi, who is a Cambridge Univ student, joined our lab as a summer intern!
Attending IPGSA in Toronto
Invited Speaker and Chair of Biotic Interactions section at IPGSA 2016.
Beautiful Panel Award by JST!
Lab Hanami at Bajikoen
Roast beef served as usual!
Gave an invited lecture at the Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium “Induced Plant Development”, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University.
We miss you all!
Attedning annual meeting of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
with Uta Paszkowski
Plant Physiology March Issue Cover Page!
Satoko’s last lab meeting in our lab!
Invited lecture at Genomics Days in Lausanne University
Yasunori visited JIC/TSL in Norwich, UK and MPI Cologne, Germany
The 8th annual Lab Ski & Snowboard Trip!
We enjoyed the powder snow at Shigakogen！
Songkui’s paper is out!
This is the first mutant analysis of a parasitic plant!
Featured by Blog Post "“Characterization of parasitic plant mutants”, accessible research for undergraduate readers”
Our paper in Science was selected as Signaling Breakthrough of the year 2015!
A Happy New Year!
Year End Party! (BOUNENKAI)
Early Career Workshop, RIKEN on plant integrative system
New Grant Started!
Millikan Lecture at MIZZOU
Speaker of the 10th Millikan Memorial Lecture at University of Missouri, USA.
Beautiful Mizzou Campus
Discussing with Prof. Scott Peck after the lecture.
Invited lecture at Tsukuba at J-MPMI！
Selected as a Highly Cited Researcher 2015!
RIKEN OPEN DAY!
3000 people visited RIKEN Yokohama Campus. 80 enjoyed “DNA from Plant” experiment!!
Slowly, be careful!
Got DNA! Way to go!
Ayako Tsushima（Ｍ２）got the best presentation award！
Plenary Speaker at 4th International Conference on Biotic Plant Interactions
Lab Summer BBQ!
Outreach - Experiment in Yoga primary school
Lab marathon 2015!
We run again for cabbage at Tsumagoi!
Kuma running for 10k
Simon running for 10k
Inviting seminar at South China Agricultural University
Welcome banner! at the South China Agricultural University.
Read the news in Chinese!
Prof. Lotic Chen investigates the parasitic plant dodder invaded in his campus.
Plenary Speaker at the 13th World Congress of Parasitic Plants
Ken, Satoko, Yasunori, Songkui attend the 13th World Congress of Parasitic Plants held in Kunming.
Cover Story in Plant Physiology!
Tim Westlake joined our lab as an NSF-EAPSI fellow for two months.
Tim is a PhD student in Sorina Popescu Lab at Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, USA.
Hydrangea full bloom in Kamakura
and Intense discussion with Niko Geldner
Well done Musembi!
Musembi Mutuku, JSPS fellow, just published his paper in Plant Physiology and got a researcher position at BecA-ILRI laboratory. Thank you for all your work. We won’t forget your smile! Good Luck in Africa!
Yukihiro Goto, who graduated Tsukuba Uni MSc, joined our lab! Wellcome Yuki!
New Financial Year H27 started!
Think about this year’s project at Philosopher’s path in Kyoto, near Kyoto Univ.
The 7th Annual Lab Ski/Snowboard Trip!
Novice and expert skiers/snowboarders in Ken & Keiko Labs got together, this time in the Shiga highland Ski resort!
Enjoyed wonderful powder snow and nice onsen! Some went to see monkeys in onsen as well.
New Year home party!
Ken, Keiko & Hiro labs got together.
42 people enjoyed international cuisine!
Year End Party (bo-nen-kai)！
with Plant Proteomics Unit.
The biggest one ever!
Simon Saucet, joined our lab. The French man Simon graduated at the Sainsbury Laboratory, UK under supervision of Prof. Jonathan Jones Welcome Simon!
Thomas gave a lecture at a high school in Fukushima
Thomas Spallek, gives a lecture on parasitic plants in Africa at a high school, every year as an outreach activity. This time is in Fukushima.
Lab summer BBQ with Sugimoto Lab.
We are ready for summer!
Selected as a Highly Cited Researcher!
Top 1% most cited in the field by Thomson Reuters
The 3rd RIKEN-SNU Chemical Biology Workshop
Participated in the 3rd RIKEN-SNU Chemical Biology Workshop. High quilty presentations exhibited a great potential of chemical biology.
Naoyoshi Kumakura joined our lab. He got his PhD in 2014 at The University of Tokyo under supervision of Prof. Yuichiro Watanabe.
Ayako Tsushima joined our lab. She graduated from Tohoku University and entered MSc program in The University of Tokyo.
UK-JAPAN Workshop: Rhizosphere Interactions- towards Food Security
I organized a workshop at RIKEN Yokohama Campus.
The detail is here.
Lab Ski & Snowboard Tour!
We enjoy our 6th tour in Sugadaira. Blue sky and powder snow!
Dr. Alex Webb visited RIKEN and gave a fantastic seminar.
Dr Alex Webb at University of Cambridge gave a seminar on circadian clock and Ca2+ signaling linking sugar metabolism recently published in Nature 2013.
New Year Home Party!
This year’s trend is “Kimono”. We also enjoyed “Lab Baby Boom”!
Discussing plant science at HHMI, Bethesda, MD, USA.
Heads of plant societies around the world got together at the private bar "THE PILOT" in HHMI The bar displays the legacy of Howard Hughes, the aviator.
Seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Beautiful campus with coloring leaves! Enjoyed discussions with many excellent plant scientists.
Prof Jeff Ellis visited our lab.
Pam's ex-advisor Prof. Jeff Ellis visited our lab discussing the next hot stuff in MPMI.
Mari Narusaka's paper is highlighted in Trends in Plant Sci!
The inter family transfer of the dual resistance gene system. This R gene system may perceive a core effector of Colletotrichum fungi! Truly amazing!
Welcoming BBQ party!
Welcome to the E6F!
Permanent Research Scientist Position in this lab is now open!
The application deadline October 31. Starting date is April 1st.
For detail info, please click here
Songkui Cui, a Postdoctoral Researcher, joined our lab. He is from National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki.
He fluently speaks English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese!
Outreach: Teaching a DNA experiment in an elementary school
Nobu, Taka, Seung-won and Ken as well as Sugimoto lab members visited The Yoga Elementary School Ken graduated. Kids had a great fun isolating DNA from broccoli.
12th World Congress of Parasitic Plants, UK
Musembi, Thomas, Yasu, Juliane, Taka and Ken attended WCPP12 at Sheffield University, UK. Juliane got the best student presentation award! She was the rising star!
Mixed Lab Summer Camp!
Runners in the East Building 6F (Shirasu, Sugimoto, Tran, Nakagami labs) got together participating in the Tsumagoi Cabbage Marathon, the toughest course in Japan. Thomas, Pam, Luke, Christian, as well as Fujimoto-sensei (Tokyo Univ) finished the half marathon (21K). Others run for 2, 5, 10 km. All got a cabbage as a goal award! The BBQ was also excellent! Thanks to the Thai Chef!
Yuji Ishigaki, a Postdoctoral Researcher joined our lab. He is from the University of Tokyo, Hakko Laboratory . He will work on ascomycetes in plants.
Visiting laboratories in Kenya and Tanzania.
University of Nairobi
Africa-Rice Dar es Salaam
IITA Dar es Salaam
MARI Dar es Salaam
Satoko Yoshida, Senior Researcher received Young Scientist Award - The Commendation for Science and Technology
Congrats, Satoko! The award is for her "Research on Parasitism and symbiosis in rhizosphere"
Fantastic meeting! Great venue and intense science with 146 people (30% students) at BIG SKY, Montana, USA. The Lone Mountain (3400m) gives you a hell ride from the top!
Seung-won Choi, Postdoctoral researcher just got her Ph.D at Nakano Lab in the University of Tokyo. Also just got a new paperpublished in Plant Cell!
Yasunori Ichihashi JSPS fellow got his Ph.D at Tsukaya Lab in the University of Tokyo. He is currently at Neelima Shinha Lab in UC Davis.
New Research Center started！
DOUBLE FAREWELL PARTY!
Yuko Sasaki, JSPS-RPD Fellow will move to the EARTH - LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, ELSI), a new institute at the Tokyo Tech University.
CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK, YUKO!
Takashi Yaeno, RIKEN researcher will move to the Ehime University as an associate professor.
CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK, TAKASHI!
Lab Ski&Snowboard Retreat
5th Annual Shirasu&Sugimoto Lab Ski&Snowboard Retreat held at Manza Onsen.
A Happy New Year!
In this March, RIKEN will start a new research center, merging Plant Science Center, Chemical Biology Center. It will be an exciting year to come!
Seminar at John Innes Centre, Norwich
Seminar at Max Planck Institute, Cologne
Seminar at the Korean Society of Plant Pathology: International Conference
Participated in the 50th KSPP anniversary conference at Seoul.
Seminar at the 10th International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology
At Jeju island 10th IPMB
Anuphon Laohavisit joined our lab as a RIKEN FOREIGN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW. Originally from Thai, he got his education in England. He obtained Ph.D in plant science at University of Cambridge. He will work on signal transduction in plant immunity. Now the ratio of foreign versus Japanese researchers in our lab is 5:4!
Open Lab at RIKEN Yokohama Campus！
Nobu Ishihama gave a nice lecture to the kids, who are very serious!
Keystone Meeting in April 2013!
Keystone Meeting - Plant Immunity: Pathways and Translation
The meeting will be held at the Big Sky Resort, Montana. We can expect wild ski sensation!
The registration deadline is 12/5. Do not miss it!
BTW, the organizers are my ex room-mate Sophien Kamoun and myself.
Musembi Mutuku joined our lab!
Originally from Kenya, Musembi obtained his Ph.D. at Kagoshima University. He is a JSPS postdoctoral fellow, and his research theme is the Striga biodiversity in Kenya.
30th New Phytologist Symposium at FLL, CA.
30th New Phytologist Symposium
Immunomodulation by plant-associated organisms
at Fallen Leaf Lake, California, USA
Ken presented Striga effector hunting and Pam did Colletotrichum effector hunting. You can follow the meeting highlights at Storify.
Thomas Spallek joined our lab!
Thomas, from Germany, got his Ph.D at the laboratory of Dr. Silke Robatzek in The Sainsbury Laboratory in UK. He successfully obtained Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowshipto come to Japan. Here he started working on Striga .
XV MPMI at Kyoto!
Assoc. Prof. Derek Goto (Hokkaido University) visited RIKEN PSC and gave a fantastic on nematode infections.
Nematode uses the symbiotic signaling pathway to infect host roots. Amazing data.
Assoc. Prof. Jian Hua (Cornell University) visited RIKEN PSC and gave a great seminar on R protein regulations.
When shifted to 28C, R proteins SNC1 and RPS4 cannot go into nucleus, thus not properly activate immunity. ABA somehow regulates this process. Very interesting...
Hirofumi Nakagami (ex-Researcher) got the young investigator award from Japan Proteome Society,
Satoko Yoshida (Senior Researcher) got the young investigator award from the botanical society of Japan
Grant "KAKENHI S" is awarded
Researcher's positions will be opened soon,
Graphic Designer Ms. Chie Tanaka and CG artisit Mr. Kazuma Morino visited RIKEN-PSC
We discussed future media tool for education and fusion between science and art.
Rebecca Lyones returned to OZ.
She continutes to work as a researcher at CSIRO Brisbane. Let's publish your great discovery within 2012!
Discussion with people at Agricultural Research Extension at Chiba
We discussee about strawbery anthracnose disease. We believe that the genome we sequenced will help strawbery farmers.
Seminar at Tsingha University, Beijin
With Prof. Yule Liu
With Prof Qinhua Shen
WIth Prof Qi
With Prof Sanwen Huan
Hanami Party at Tokyo Univ Botanical Garden！
New Members! Welcome to Shirasu Lab!
Shuta Asai (JSPS SPD)
Nobuaki Ishihama (Postdoc)
Takanori Wakatake (Tokyo Univ. M1)
Japenese Society of Plant Phyiologist Annual Meeting in Kyoto
Kohki got Young Investigator Award from Japenese Society of Plant Phyiologist ！
He is curretntly working at INRA as a PI.
Striga hermonthica full-length cDNA clones (35,198 clones) are now available at RIKEN Bioresource Center!
Seminar at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Plant Genome & Biotechnology Meeting
The waltz of the polypeptide by Mara G. Haeltine
Seminar at UC. Davis
Three members leave in December.
Kohki Yoshimoto becomes PI at ＩＮＲＡ, France.
Ivana Saska goes to the Ministry of Agriculture, AZ.
Thomas Gänsewig goes back to Germany for his Ph.D.
Deadline is 2011.12.15.
Prof Anne Osbourn from John Innes Centre visited RIKEN PSC and gave a great seminar on metabolic gene clusters in plants.
We discussed about the future vision of chemical diversity studies and intitutional collaboration between JIC and RIKEN on the subject.
Prof. Sanwen Huang from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences visited RIKEN PSC and gave a visonary seminar on plant genomics.
We discussed about Africa genome projects.
Succeded in transforming the parasitic plant P. japonicum. Beautiful green parasite!
Tea party for people who got paper accepted.
Takashi's paper is accpeted by PNAS.
Yaeno et al 2011 PNAS
Lab party for KMF prize. "Yes, We Ken."
Participated in the 11th World Congress on Parasitic Plants (Martina Franca, Italy)
Satoko and Juliane presented Striga and P. japonicum genome projects。 homepage (Photo at a restaurant in Bari）
A position for Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher is available
Those who are interested please check this ad.
The deadline is June 30, 2011.
Kihara Memorial Foundation Prize
We had an O-hanami party at a park nearby. All the foreign researchers came back and enjoyed a beautiful spring day.
Thomas Gänsewig, a diploma student from Univ of Halle (Germany) joined our lab. This is supported by the RIKEN-DAAD program. Welcome Thomas!
New Year Present from So Young Yi!
Home Page Renewal!
New home page is up! This time I made by myself. All the photos are original. Most of them were taken in either Sudan, Croatia or the lab. If any problems, please let me know. I will fix it.