KATO Hirotaka

  • Kato, H., Mutte, S.K., Suzuki, H., Crespo, I., Das, S., Radoeva, T., Fontana, M., Yoshitake, Y., Hainiwa, E., van den Berg, W., Lindhoud, S., Ishizaki, K., Hohlbein, J., Borst, J.W., Boer, D.R., Nishihama, R., Kohchi, T., and Weijers, D., "Design principles of a minimal auxin response system", Nature Plants, 6, 473-482 (2020). DOI
  • Mutte, S.K., Kato, H. (co-first), Rothfels, C., Melkonian, M., Wong, G.K., and Weijers, D., "Origin and evolution of the nuclear auxin response system", eLife, 7, e33399 (2018). DOI
  • Kato, H., Ishizaki, K., Kouno, M., Shirakawa, M., Bowman, J.L., Nishihama, R., and Kohchi, T., "Auxin-Mediated Transcriptional System with a Minimal Set of Components Is Critical for Morphogenesis through the Life Cycle in Marchantia polymorpha", PLoS Genetics, 11, e1005084 (2015). DOI

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Born in Aichi, Dr. Kato attended Kyoto University. After graduating in 2009, he went on to study at the Graduate School of Biostudies at the same university. After acquiring his doctoral degree in Life Science in 2015, he worked in the Netherlands as a researcher at Wageningen University & Research, which is well known for its biological science studies. After working there for four years, he returned to Japan to take up a position at Kobe University, before moving to his current post in 2022.

In plant science research, Marchantia polymorpha have recently been attracting attention as a new plant model originating from Japan. In plant science, many studies on flowering plants have been conducted for their practical advantages, such as in agriculture, where there already is in-depth knowledge available. Dr. Kato says that on the other hand, when considering evolution and diversity, we need to expand our research to other varieties other than angiosperms to acquire new knowledge. Therefore, he is attempting to open a new dimension in genetic research using a new model of liverworts as the catalyst, and aims to find the common principle of development control for terrestrial plants. By using a gene functional analytical approach, he is pursuing the common ancestor of land plants, which appear to have existed 500 million years ago.