Biomass Research Platform Team

Team leader

pictureTeam Leader : Kazuo Shinozaki (Ph.D.)


March 1972
Under Graduate Course; Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Osaka University.
March 1977
Graduate Course; Institute of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University.

Position Held

June 1978 - March 1983
Research Associate, Department of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan
April 1983 - March 1986
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
April 1986 - March 1989
Associate Professor, Center for Gene Research, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
April 1987 - February 1989
Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
April 1989 – March 2005
Chief Scientist (Director) of Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory RIKEN Tsukuba Institute
April 1993 - present
Adjunct Professor of Tsukuba University, Institute of Biological Sciences
October 1999 - 2005
Project Director of Plant Functional Genomics group
RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center, RIKEN Yokohama Institute
October 2003 – March 2006
Visiting Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
April 2005 - March 2013
Director of Plant Science Center, RIKEN Yokohama Institute
Group Director, Gene Discovery Research Group
December 2005 - present
Visiting Professor, Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Politics
April 2010 - present
Program Director, RIKEN Biomass Engineering Program
Team Leader, Biomass Research Platform Team
April 2013 - present
Director, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Group Director, Gene Discovery Research Group
April 2013 - March 2014
Division Director, Biomass Engineering Program Cooperation Division

Selected Papers

  1. Shinozaki K., Ohme M., Tanaka M., Wakasugi T., Hayashida H., Matsubayashi T., Zaita N., Chunwongse J., Obokata J., Yamaguchi - Shinozaki K., Ohto C., Torazawa K., Meng B. Y., Sugita M., Deno H., Kamogashira T., Yamada K., Kusuda J., Takaiwa F., Kato A., Tohdo N., Shimada H. and Sugiura M. (1986) The complete nucleotide sequence of the tobacco chloroplast genome: its gene organization and expression, The EMBO Journal, 5, 2043-2049.
  2. Liu Q., Kasuga M., Sakuma Y., Abe H., Miura S., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K. and Shinozaki K. (1998) Two transcription factors, DREB1 and DREB2, with an EREBP/AP2 DNA binding domain separate two cellular signal transduction pathways in drought- and low- temperature-responsive gene expression, respectively, in Arabidopsis, Plant Cell, 10, 1391-1406. (selected in the top 5 articles in the Plant Cell)
  3. Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K., and Shinozaki K. (1994) A Novel cis-acting element in an Arabidopsis gene is involved in responsiveness to drought, low-temperature, or high-salt stress, Plant Cell, 6, 251-264. (selected in the top 5 articles in the Plant Cell)
  4. Kasuga M., Liu Q., Miura S., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K. and Shinozaki K. (1999) Improving plant drought, salt, and freezing tolerance by gene transfer of a single stress-inducible transcription factor, Nature Biotech., 17, 287-291.
  5. Shinozaki K. and Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K. (1997) Gene expression and signal transduction in water-stress response, Plant Physiology, 115, 327-334.
  6. Seki M., Narusaka M., Abe H., Kasuga M., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K., Carninci P., Hayashizaki Y. and Shinozaki K. (2001) Monitoring the expression pattern of 1300 Arabidopsis genes under drought and cold stresses by using a full-length cDNA microarray, Plant Cell, 13, 61-72.
  7. Abe H., Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K., Urao T., Iwasaki T., Hosokawa D., and Shinozaki K. (1997) Role of Arabidopsis MYC and MYB homologs in drought-and abscisic acid-regulated gene expression, Plant Cell, 9, 1859-1868.
  8. Seki M., Narusaka M., Kamiya A., Ishida J., Satou M., Sakurai T., Nakajima M., Enju A., Akiyama K., Oono Y., Muramatsu M., Hayashizaki Y., Kawai J.,Carninci P., Itoh M., Ishii Y., Arakawa T., Shibata K., Shinagawa A. and Shinozaki K. (2002) Functional annotation of a full-length Arabidopsis cDNA collection, Science, 296, 141-145.
  9. Mizoguchi T., Irie K., Hirayama T., Hayashida N., Yamaguchi- Shinozaki K., Matsumoto K., and Shinozaki K. (1996) A gene encoding a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase is induced simultaneously with genes for a mitogen-activated protein kinase and an S6 ribosomal protein kinase by touch, cold, and water stress in Arabidopsis thaliana, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 93, 765-769.
  10. Hirayama T., Ohto C., Mizoguchi T., and Shinozaki K. (1995) A gene encoding a phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C is induced by dehydration and salt stress in Arabidopsis thaliana, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 92, 3903-3907.