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January 27, 2010

JSPS Prize awarded to Hitoshi Sakakibara

Dr. Sakakibara

It has been announced that the JSPS Prize will be awarded to Dr. Hitoshi Sakakibara for his work on Biosynthetic Mechanisms and a Novel Function of a Plant Hormone, Cytokinin. Dr. Sakakibara is a Group Director at the RIKEN Plant Science Center.

We offer our sincere congratulations to Dr. Sakakibara on this honor.

For more details on the JSPS Prize, see: http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-jsps-prize/index.html

About Dr. Sakakibara

Hitoshi Sakakibara graduated from the School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University in 1988. He obtained his Ph.D. in agriculture from Nagoya University in 1995. He was appointed as Research Associate (1992) and then Assistant Professor (1995) of the School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University. He joined the RIKEN Plant Science Center (PSC) in October 2000 as Head of the Laboratory for Communication Mechanisms, and was appointed as Group Director of Plant Productivity Systems Research Group (2006). Since graduate school he has been conducting biochemical and molecular physiological studies on hormone-mediated nitrogen signaling and cytokinin biosynthesis.