Principal Researcher/ Associate Professor
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (Japan)/ The University of Tokyo
Tsukuba, Ibaraki Japan
Areas of Expertise:
Biochemistry (carbohydrate metabolism, stress proteins), Comparative genomics, Genome editing
Polypedilum vanderplanki (the sleeping chironomid)
We study the molecular mechanisms underlying an extreme desiccation tolerance, anhydrobiosis in the African midge, Polypedilum vanderplanki, which can revive even if they are completely dehydrated. In the process of this study, we identified several key genes involved in anhydrobiosis, such as LEA proteins and trehalose transporters. Now we have started integrative omics projects of the midge to understand comprehensively the mechanisms.