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College of Life Sciences  /
Department of Bioinformatics

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 CHIHIRO   AZAI  Lecturer

■Graduate school/University/other
03/2005  Kobe University  Faculty of Science  Department of Biology  Graduated
03/2007  Osaka University  Graduate School of Science  Department of Biological Sciences  Doctoral course first term (Master's)  Completed
06/2010  Osaka University  Graduate School of Science  Department of Biological Sciences  Doctoral course second term (Doctoral)  Completed
■Academic degrees
Doctor of Science (06/2010 Osaka University)  
■Career history
04/01/2009-03/31/2011  Research Fellow (DC) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
04/01/2011-03/31/2013  Research Fellow (PD) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
04/01/2013-  Assistant Professor, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University
■Academic society memberships
The Biophysical Society of Japan  
The Japanese Society of Photosynthesis Research  
The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists  
International Society of Photosynthesis Research  
■Subject of research
Structure and function of the homodimeric photosynthetic reaction center
Light-energy conversion system of bacterial photosynthesis
Experimental evolution of photosynthetic electron transfer system
Photobiological hydrogen production under strictly anaerobic conditions
■Research summary
Biophysics, molecular physiology, and experimental evolution of photosynthesis

 My research interest is in elucidation of the atomic-level mechanism of photosynthesis as well as its physiological meaning and evolutionary process.
■Research keywords
Photosynthesis, Electron transfer, Molecular evolution, Photosynthetic bacteria 
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Books
光合成のエネルギー利用と環境応用  浅井 智広、大岡 宏造  シーエムシー出版  53-61  01/2014  978-4-7813-0927-9
低温科学 第67巻『光合成研究法』  原田 二朗、浅井 智広、大岡 宏造  北海道大学 低温科学研究所  205-208  03/2008  1880-7593
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Papers
Soft X-ray imaging of cellular carbon and nitrogen distributions in heterocystous cyanobacterium  T. Teramoto, C. Azai, K. Terauchi, M. Yoshimura, T. Ohta  Plant Physiology  177, 52-61  05/2018  10.1104/pp.17.01767
Light-Induced Electron Spin-Polarized (ESP) EPR Signal of the P800+ Menaquinone– Radical Pair State in Oriented Membranes of Heliobacterium modesticaldum: Role/Location of Menaquinone in the Homodimeric Type I Reaction Center  T. Kondo, M. Matsuoka, C. Azai, M. Kobayashi, S. Itoh, H. Oh-oka  Journal of Physical Chemistry B  122/ 9, 2536-2543  02/2018  10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b12171
Rapid C8-vinyl reduction of divinyl-chlorophyllide a by BciA from Rhodobacter capsulatus  C. Azai, M. Kobayashi, T. Mizoguchi, H. Tamiaki, K. Terauchi, Y. Tsukatani  Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry  353/ 15, 661-666  02/2018  10.1016/j.jphotochem.2017.09.010
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Research presentations
光化学系I型反応中心の紅色光合成細菌への導入  第59回 日本植物生理学会年会  03/30/2018
異なるクラスのヒスチジンキナーゼを融合した人工青色光受容体タンパク質の作製  第59回 日本植物生理学会年会  03/30/2018
シアノバクテリアの時計タンパク質KaiCにおけるCII六量体リングのリン酸化と構造変化  第59回 日本植物生理学会年会  03/30/2018
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Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
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Academic awards
International Society of Photosynthesis Research  The 16th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research Poster Award  08/2013
日本光合成学会  第3回日本光合成学会大会 優秀発表賞  06/2012
日本光合成学会  第2回日本光合成学会大会 優秀発表賞  06/2011
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Courses taught
2017  Experiments in Basic Biology  Laboratory work / Practical experience / Skills practice
2017  Experiments in Molecular Biology  Laboratory work / Practical experience / Skills practice
2017  Graduation Research 2  Seminar
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■Message from researcher
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
− Isaac Newton
 Why don’t you become ‘giants’ and put on Sir Newton on your shoulder?
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■Research keywords(on a multiple-choice system)
Genome biology
Molecular biology
Structural biochemistry
Functional biochemistry
Biophysics
Plant molecular biology/Plant physiology
Evolutionary biology
Applied microbiology
Applied biochemistry