Professor, Laboratory of Marine Microbiology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University.
My laboratory aims isolation, characterization and application of novel aquatic microbes and understanding of ecological roles of microbial viruses in aquatic environments. In particular, I has investigated effects of viruses on Microcystis population dynamics and biodiversity in natural settings. Further I focus on ecological interactions between microbes and viruses in freshwaters and coastal waters thorough meta-omics. Also I am studying the genetic, physiological and ecological basis of carboxydotrophs, specific thermophiles which can grow on carbon monoxide, for construction of a modern sustainable low carbon technology.