Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Satoshi Ogawa

Satoshi Ogawa, first author of Subtilase activity in intrusive cells mediates haustorium maturation in parasitic plants

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Sustainable Resource Science, RIKEN, Japan

Education: Ph.D. in Biotechnology at Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan (2017), B. S. in Agriculture at The University of Tokyo, Japan (2011)

Non-scientific Interests: running, skiing, watching sports

Brief bio: I am interested in molecular mechanisms mediating plant-pathogen interactions. I began my scientific career as a graduate student in the Kazunori Okada lab at The University of Tokyo (Japan). During my PhD, I elucidated mechanisms through which rice plants activate defense signaling upon invasion by rice blast. I was fortunate to join the Plant Immunity Research Group at RIKEN lead by Dr. Ken Shirasu following the completion of my PhD. As a postdoctoral researcher, I utilize genetic and biochemical approaches to study the molecular mechanisms behind infection of host roots by root-infecting Orobanchaceae parasitic plants.