Hiroshi Ashihara is Professor of Plant Metabolic Biology at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. He obtained his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1975, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Sheffield from 1977 to 1979. His research has focused on primary and secondary metabolism of nucleotides in plants and he has published more than 180 papers on purine, pyrimidine and pyridine nucleotide metabolism. He is currently interested in the metabolic pathways of nucleotide related compounds, such as caffeine and trigonelline. As experimental materials, he uses cell and tissue culture as well as intact plants of metabolically unique species including mangroves, tea, coffee, cacao and some tropical plants. He was a visiting professor/scientist at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Calgary and University of the Ryukyus.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2012