Kazutoshi Akizuki and Takayuki Kuroishikawa have won the outstanding presentation award at JSBBA 2018 (Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry), held at Shimane University, Matsue City, Shimane, 20–21 September, 2018.
Comment from Kazutoshi Akizuki
Hello. I am Kazutoshi Akizuki, a second year Ph.D. student from the Functional Biochemistry Laboratory under Noriyuki SUEYOSHI. I analyze the function of protein kinases that are important in the transmission of intracellular signals. This is my first time to win such a prize, so I am very pleased. My professor’s support made it happen and I appreciate all the help he gave me. I will continue to try my best.
Comment from Takayuki Kuroishikawa
Hello, I am Takayuki Kuroishikawa, a first year UGAS student who have been researching under the supervision of Professor Yasuhiko Asada at Kagawa University.
My research is on analyzing new polyol oxidation produced by Penicillium sp. KU-1 stock and to apply it to the production of rare sugar. Rare sugars are being actively researched at Kagawa University to help establish a production method and to determine their chemical nature. It is an exciting area that is looking at ways to develop rare sugars for use not only in food but also many other fields such as medical and agricultural. In our laboratory, we have discovered a new method of producing rare sugars using plant-based enzymes. I have been working on creating a system that can efficiently produce many different seeds of rare sugars by applying enzymes. I feel that my effort has paid off somewhat, and it has encouraged me to work harder.