Takashi Hashimoto was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1957, graduated from Kyoto University and received the Ph. D. degree in 1988 on his biochemical and molecular studies of biosynthesis of tropane alkaloids in several medicinal plants. In 1985, Dr. Hashimoto obtained a position of Research Staff at Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, and continued to work on the enzymology and gene regulation of alkaloid biosynthesis. In 1994, Dr. Hashimoto was appointed as Associate Professor of a newly founded research faculty at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, and promoted to Professor in 2000. Dr. Hashimoto’s current research activities focus on two topics; 1) biosynthesis, transport, and regulation of tobacco alkaloids, and 2) control of directional cell expansion directed by cortical microtubule arrays. He isolated several dozens directional twisting mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana and uses molecular genetics and cell biology to unravel how a defined array pattern of cortical microtubules is generated in interphase plant cells.
Biography Updated on 19 January 2009