Molecular and Chemical Life Science :
Genome Informatics


Visiting Professor HIRAKAWA Hideki
Campus Kazusa DNA campus
Laboratory Omics and Imformatics
Tel +81-438-52-3951
E-mail hh@kazusa.or.jp
Website http://www.kazusa.or.jp

My research field is bioinformatics related to genome analysis. I have determined the genome sequences of several kinds of plants (crops) and bacteria. Furthermore, I investigate variation of genome sequences among plants or cultivars by computational approaches.


Doctor of Agriculture, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyushu University (Apr 1994 to Mar 1999)
Research Associate, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyushu University (May 1999 to Sep 2003)
Research Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences, Kyushu University (Oct 2003 to Mar 2008)
Research Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University (Apr 2008 to Mar 2009)
Researcher, Department of Plant Genome Research, Kazusa DNA Research Institute (Apr 2009 to Mar 2011)
Visiting Associate Professor, Tokyo University (Apr 2009 to Mar 2011)
Chief Scientist, Department of Plant Genome Research, Kazusa DNA Research Institute (Apr 2011 to Mar 2014)
Group Leader, Department of Technology Development, Kazusa DNA Research Institute (Mar 2014 to present)

Selected Publications
  1. Draft genome sequence of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.): the representative Solanum species indigenous to the old world. Hirakawa H. et al. (2014) DNA Research. in press.
  2. Genome-wide SNP genotyping to infer the effects on gene functions in tomato. (2013) Hirakawa H, et al. DNA research, 20, 221-233.
  3. Dissection of the octoploid strawberry genome by deep sequencing of the genomes of Fragaria species. (2013) Hirakawa H, et al. DNA Research, 21,169-181.
  4. Upgraded genomic information of Jatropha curcas L. (2012) Hirakawa H., et al. Plant Biotechnology, 29, 123-130.
  5. Survey of the genetic information carried in the genome of Eucalyptus camaldulensis. (2011) Hirakawa H, et al. Plant biotechnology, 28, 471-480.
Activities in Academic Societies

The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, Japanese Society of Breeding, Society of Genome Microbiology, Japan



Recent Activities

I have determined the draft genome sequences of several crops, such as eggplant, radish, eucalyptus, jatropha, strawberry, by using sequence data from next-generation sequencers (NGSs). Furthermore, I investigate the DNA polymorphism among the cultivars in tomato, and predicted the mutation effects on gene functions.


Message to Students

Recently, technologies of DNA sequencer and array have been rapidly progressed, and huge amount of data can be obtained. The genome information analysis will be more important in many research fields.