Recognizing Plant Physiology First Author: Kentaro Sasaki

Recognizing Plant Physiology First Author, Kentaro Sasaki, author of:  A model system for studying plant-microbe interactions under snow

Current position: Principal Scientist at the Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Tsukuba, Japan

Education: Ph.D. in Agriculture at Hokkaido University, Japan; B.S. and M.S. at University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Non-scientific interests: music, watching Youtube, weight training

 Brief bio: After obtaining my master’s degree, I started my career as a plant scientist at NARO Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, Japan. Since then, I have been studying on the mechanism of freezing tolerance and disease resistance acquired through cold acclimation using Arabidopsis and wheat under the supervision of Dr. Ryozo Imai, who supported me scientifically and personally. I received a Ph.D. from Hokkaido University for the studies on Arabidopsis cold shock domain proteins in 2013. Currently, the main focus of my research is on the development of DNA-free gene editing systems for diverse crop species.