Tomoyuki Furuya: The Plant Cell First Author

Tomoyuki Furuya, first author of “Gene co-expression network analysis identifies BEH3 as a stabilizer of secondary vascular development in Arabidopsis”

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan

Education: PhD, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe Universit

Non-scientific Interests: listening to music (minimal, ambient, electronic, rock…), reading, camera, coffee, whisky

Brief bio: In 2014, I received my Ph.D from Kobe University, where I studied the MAP kinase signaling pathways involved in cold acclimatation in Arabidopsis thaliana, in Dr. Takashi Nanmori’s group. During my Ph.D, I became fascinated with the complex interplay between different signaling processes and developed an interest in plant morphogenesis, which entails such complex interactions. I joined Dr. Hirokazu Tsukaya’s lab at the University of Tokyo as a post doc until 2018. There, I used both A. thaliana and Marchantia polymorpha to uncover the roles of plant morphological regulators. I started my current work on the signal transductions regulating plant development with Dr. Yuki Kondo at the University of Tokyo. In 2020, following Dr. Kondo’s promotion, I returned to Kobe University. Now, I am focusing on the functional analysis of BES/BZR transcription factors in vascular development, which relates to this publication. I am also interested in the evolutionary aspects of signaling pathways.