since 1922

UTSUNOMIYA UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Agriculture

Department of Bioproductive Science

Division of Applied Biochemistry

Applied Microbiology

Many microorganisms that lack toxicity and pathogenicity have long been used to produce fermented foods, alcoholic beverages, medicines, and raw materials for commodity chemicals, as well as for sewage purification. The Laboratory of Applied Microbiology studies the application of such microorganisms especially for the production of valuable raw materials and for bio-sensing of heavy metals in polluted water, using biochemical, molecular biological, and microbiological strategies.

Research projects:
1. Microbial conversion of cellulosic and starch wastes to environmentally friendly bio-polyesters
2. Extracellular production of cellulases in transgenic Bacillus megaterium for the production of polyesters
3. Biochemical analyses of intracellular and extracellular enzymes responsible for biodegradation of polyesters
4. Development of microbial whole-cell biosensors using conversion of carotenoid pigments for detection of heavy metals in water samples
5. Development of biosensors comprising the heavy metal sensor protein-promoter DNA complex for detection of heavy metals
6. Biochemical analyses of yeast peroxisomal thioesterase for understanding its physiological roles in the process of fatty acid beta-oxidation