Department of Environmental Life Sciences
Division of Genetic Ecology

Genomic Reproductive Biology 分野

Shusei Sato
キャンパス Katahira キャンパス
専攻分野 Molecular biology, structural genomics
連絡先 022-217-5688


I was born in Osaka and raised in Nagoya. Now I have come to Miyagi, my father’s home place. Thus I will do my best in gratitude for my roots.


March 1993
Completed the doctorate course (science) of the Graduate School of Science of Nagoya University
April 1993 to March 2013
Researcher at Kazusa DNA Research Institute
(1998 to 1999, Visiting Researcher, University of California, San Diego)
April 2013 to Present
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Life Science, Tohoku University


Main Papers of the last 3 years

Kasai-Maita H, Hirakawa H, Nakamura Y, Kaneko T, Miki K, Maruya J, Okazaki S, Tabata S, Saeki K, Sato S. (2013) Commonalities and differences among symbiosis islands of three Mesorhizobium loti strains. Microbes Environ. 28: 275-278

Okazaki S, Kaneko T, Sato S, Saeki K. (2013) Hijacking of leguminous nodulation signaling by the rhizobial type III secretion system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110: 17131-17136

Tominaga-Wada R, Nukumizu Y, Sato S, Wada T. (2013) Control of plant trichome and root-hair development by a tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) R3 MYB transcription factor. PLoS One. 8: e54019

Tomato Genome Consortium. (Sato S, Tabata S, Hirakawa H, et al.) (2012) The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution. Nature 485: 635-641.

Fukai E, Soyano T, Umehara Y, Nakayama S, Hirakawa H, Tabata S, Sato S, Hayashi M. (2012) Establishment of a Lotus japonicus gene tagging population using the exon-targeting endogenous retrotransposon LORE1. Plant J. 69: 720-730

Hirakawa H, Tsuchimoto S, Sakai H, Nakayama S, Fujishiro T, Kishida Y, Kohara M, Watanabe A, Yamada M, Toyoda A, Fujiyama A, Tabata S, Fukui K, Sato S (2012) Upgraded genomic information of Jatropha curcas L. Plant Biotech. 29: 123-130

Kaneko T, Maita H, Hirakawa H, Uchiike N, Minamisawa K, Watanabe A, Sato S. (2011) Complete genome sequence of the soybean symbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum strain USDA6T. Genes 2: 763-787.

Hirakawa H, Nakamura Y, Kaneko T, Isobe S, Sakai H, Kato T, Hibino T, Sasamoto S, Watanabe A, Yamada M, Nakayama S, Fujishiro T, Kishida Y, Kohara M, Tabata S, Sato S. (2011) Survey of the genetic information carried in the genome of Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Plant Biotech. 28: 471–480.

Sato S, Hirakawa H, Isobe S, Fukai E, Watanabe A, Kato M, Kawashima K, Minami C, Muraki A, Nakazaki N, Takahashi C, Nakayama S, Kishida Y, Kohara M, Yamada M, Tsuruoka H, Sasamoto S, Tabata S, Aizu T, Toyoda A, Shin-I T, Minakuchi Y, Kohara Y, Fujiyama A, Tsuchimoto S, Kajiyama S, Makigano E, Ohmido N, Shibagaki N, Cartagena JA, Wada N, Kohinata T, Atefeh A, Yuasa S, Matsunaga S, Fukui K. (2011) Sequence Analysis of the Genome of an Oil-Bearing Tree, Jatropha curcas L.
DNA Res. 18: 65-76.


The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists, Japanese Society of Plant Microbe Interactions, Society of Genome Microbiology, Japan


Genome Inheritance Systems (Life Science graduate students)
Joint Lecture on Ecology (Life Science graduate students)
Life Science B (all students)


At the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, I have been involved in a number of genome analysis projects, such as of Arabidopsis thaliana, Lotus japonicus, tomato, and rhizobia. By applying the accumulated genome information and material resources from these studies, I am now conducting the analysis of environmental adaptation and plant-microbe interactions primarily utilizing wild accessions of Lotus japonicus.