Hiroetsu Wabiko was born in 1950 in Tokyo. He graduated from Osaka University in 1980 and obtained a Ph.D. degree, and the thesis was entitled “Identification and Functional Elucidation of recA Gene Product of Escherichia coli”. Upon graduation, Dr. Wabiko moved to the NIH in the USA and spent 3 years studying metabolic initiation of Bacillus subtilis sporulation as a model of microbial differentiation. Dr. Wabiko found that S-adenosylmethionine suppresses sporulation. Then, he moved to University of Idaho, stayed for 6 months and further moved to University of Wyoming and stayed for 2 years, during which he studied the insecticidal protoxin gene of Bacillus thuringiensis. He was involved in cloning and sequencing of the gene and clarified toxic domain of the protein. Dr. Wabiko spent totally 5 and half years as Postdoc in the USA. He got associate professorship in the newly established Biotechnology Institute, Akita Prefectural College of Agriculture, Japan. He was promoted to a Full Professor at the age of 45. Currently, he belongs to the Laboratory of Molecular Signaling, the Department of Biological Production, Faculty of Bioresource Sciences as well as to the Biotechnology Center, Akita Prefectural University. He is also in charge of international academic exchange committee.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2012