Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Hideki Narukawa

Hideki Narukawa, first author of Host-produced ethylene is required for marked cell expansion and endoreduplication in dodder search hyphae

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Basic Biology, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan

Education: Ph.D. in Biology from Department of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Non-scientific Interest: watching movies, cooking

Brief bio: I started my research career at the laboratory of Dr. Kazuhiko Nishitani at the Tohoku University, studying how ploidy level regulates cell size in Arabidopsis hypocotyls. In my Ph.D. and first postdoctoral research, I also studied the molecular mechanisms of haustorial development in a stem parasitic plant Cuscuta. I was especially interested in the interaction between Cuscuta and the host plant during haustorial growth. After that, I have been joining Dr. Mitsuyasu Hasebe’s laboratory at National Institute of Basic Biology since 2017. The goal of my current research is to understand how the pitcher leaf is developed and evolved in a carnivorous plant Cephalotus.