Ecological Developmental Adaptability Life Sciences :
Specially-appointed Faculties


Specially-appointed Assistant Professor  KATO Hiromi
Campus Katahira campus
Laboratory Soil Microbiology
Tel +81-22-217-5687
E-mail hiromi.kato.e4@tohoku.ac.jp
Website https://lifescitohokuchiken.wordpress.com
Born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. I am a microbiologist and interested in ecology of soil microbes and their social behaviors. I love playing football and music.
United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Ph.D. in Agriculture
Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Post-doctoral Fellow
Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Assistant Professor (2016 ~ ongoing)
Selected Publications
  • Kato H*, Su L*, Tanaka A, Katsu H, Ohtsubo Y, Otsuka S, Senoo K, Nagata Y. *: These authors contributed equally to this work. 2022. Genome evolution related to γ-hexachlorocyclohexane metabolic function in the soil microbial population. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry https://doi.org/10.1093/bbb/zbac042.
  • Masaki Y, Iizuka R, Kato H, Kojima Y, Ogawa T, Yoshida M, Matsushita Y, Katayama Y. 2021. Fungal carbonyl sulfide hydrolase of Trichoderma harzianum strain THIF08 and its relationship with clade D β-carbonic anhydrases. Microbes and Environments 36: ME20058.
  • Kawamoto Y, Kato H, Nagata Y, Urabe J. 2021. Microbial communities developing within bulk sediments under fish carcasses on a tidal flat. PLOS ONE 16: e0247220.
  • Inaba S, Sakai H, Kato H, Horiuchi T, Yano H, Ohtsubo Y, Tsuda M, Nagata Y. 2020. Expression of an alcohol dehydrogenase gene in a heterotrophic bacterium induces carbon dioxide-dependent high-yield growth under oligotrophic conditions. Microbiology (Reading, England) 166: 531-545.
  • Kato H, Ogawa T, Ohta H, Katayama Y. 2020. Enumeration of chemoorganotrophic carbonyl sulfide (COS)-degrading microorganisms by the most probable number method. Microbes and environments, 35: ME19139. 
  • Ogawa N, Kato H, Kishida K, Ichihashi E, Ishige T, Yoshikawa H, Nagata Y, Ohtsubo Y, Tsuda M. 2019. Suppression of substrate inhibition in phenanthrene-degrading Mycobacterium by co-cultivation with a non-degrading Burkholderia strain. Microbiology 165: 625–637. 
  • Ogawa T, Hattori S, Kamezaki K, Kato H, Yoshida N, Katauama Y. 2017. Isotopic Fractionation of Sulfur in Carbonyl Sulfide by Carbonyl Sulfide Hydrolase of Thiobacillus thioparus THI115. Microbes and Environments 32: 367-375.
  • Kato H.*, Mori H.*, Maruyama F., Toyoda A., Oshima K., Endo R., Fuchu G., Miyakoshi M., Dozono A., Ohtsubo Y., Nagata Y., Hattori M., Fujiyama A., Kurokawa K., and Tsuda M. *: These authors contributed equally to this work. 2015. Time-series metagenomic analysis reveals robustness of soil microbiome against chemical disturbance. DNA Research 22: 413-424.
  • Kato H, Ogawa N, Ohtsubo Y, Oshima K, Toyoda A, Mori H, Nagata Y, Kurokawa K, Hattori M, Fujiyama A, Tsuda M. 2015. Complete genome sequence of a phenanthrene degrader, Mycobacterium sp. strain EPa45 (NBRC 110737), isolated from a phenanthrene-degrading consortium. Genome Announcement 3: e00782-00715.
  • Mori H*, Maruyama F*, Kato H*, Toyoda A, Dozono A, Ohtsubo Y, Nagata Y, Fujiyama A, Tsuda M, Kurokawa K. 2014. Design and experimental application of a novel non-degenerate universal primer set that amplifies prokaryotic 16S rRNA genes with a low possibility to amplify eukaryotic rRNA genes. DNA research 21: 217-227.
  • Kato H, Igarashi Y, Dokiya Y, Katayama Y. (2012). Vertical distribution of carbonyl sulfide at Mt. Fuji, Japan. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 223(1), 159-167.
  • Kato H, Saito M, Nagahata Y, Katayama Y. 2008. Degradation of ambient carbonyl sulfide by Mycobacterium spp. in soil. Microbiology 154(1), 249-255.
Activities in Academic Societies
Japanese society of microbial ecology
Japan society for bioscience, biotechnology, and agrochemistry
Japan society for environmental biotechnology
Society of genome microbiology, Japan.

Recent Activities

Soil is one of the most biodiverse environments on the Earth, and one gram of soil has thousands of microbial lineages, which are interacting each other and they form complicated networks that perform ecologically important roles such as sink/source of greenhouse effect gases. My recent research topics are resilience of soil microbes against disturbances, artificial reconstruction of soil microbial community, and survival and death of bacteria inoculated in an indigenous community of soil microbes.