Masaru Nakayasu, first author of Tomato roots secrete tomatine to modulate the bacterial assemblage of the rhizosphere
Current Position: Specially appointed assistant professor, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, Japan
Education: BA, MS, and Ph.D., Kobe University, Japan
Non-scientific Interests: reading novels and essays, listening to the radio, watching TV
Brief bio: I studied biosynthesis of plant specialized metabolites using techniques of molecular biology and biochemistry under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Masaharu Mizutani at Kobe University, Japan for eight years from 2010. My doctoral thesis work is characterization of steroidal saponin biosynthesis in Solanum and Dioscorea plants and I received a Ph.D. in 2016. In 2018, I joined the group of Assoc. Prof. Akifumi Sugiyama, Kyoto University, Japan, as a postdoctoral fellow. My current work is investigation of plant-microbe interactions and modulation of microbiota mediated by plant metabolites in rhizosphere.