INAGAKI Kenji

Educational background

Kyoto University (Agricultural chemistry) Ph.D.

Key words for education

Applied Microbiology, Biochemistry, Agrochemical Bioscience, Biotechnology

Sample courses

Agrochemical Bioscience 1, Applied Microbiology 1, Biochemistry and Bioengineering of Useful Enzymes

Features of my courses

Instead of just reading off PowerPoint slides during lectures, I make a point to explain concepts on the blackboard while encouraging students to make comments or ask questions as needed to create an environment where students can actively participate in their learning. Additionally, I assign textbooks so that students can learn to work independently outside of the classroom and give assignments so that students have the opportunity to discover their own topic of interest from the lecture content. I always aim to give interesting and informative lectures.

Key words for research

Structural and functional analysis of useful enzyme and its application,
Modification of substrate specificity of bacterial enzymes, Vitamins and coenzymes

Key publications and conference presentations

  • Structural characterization of L-glutamate oxidase from Streptomyces sp. X-119-6. FEBS Journal. 276, 3894-3903 (2009).
  • Recombinant expression, molecular characterization and crystal structure of antitumor enzyme, L-lysine α-oxidase from Trichoderma viride. J. Biochem., 157, 549 (2015): The Japanese Biochemical Society JB Award
  • Structural and mechanistic insights into homocysteine degradation by a mutant of methionine γ-lyase based on substrate-assisted catalysis. Protein Science, 26, 1224-1230 (2017).
  • Suppressed methionine γ-lyase expression causes hyperaccumulation of S-methylmethionine in soybean seeds, Plant Physiol. in press.,
    doi: https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.20.00254.

What I like about Discovery

At Discovery Program, you can develop your mind and capabilities while gaining multicultural awareness!