The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)announced the recipients of the 2018 Commendations for Science and Technology. From Osaka University, eight faculty member received awards, including Prof. Mariko Okada of Institute for Protein Research.
Prof. Okada was awarded the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category).
Name of Achievement: Research on cellular mechanisms based on experiments and mathematical models
Assoc. Prof. Madoka Suzuki and his colleagues have been awarded a research grant (Program Grant) from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) for their proposal, “Nanoscale heat transfer phenomena: new paradigm for intra- and intercellular signalling and shaping”.
On 4th January 2018, a paper has been published from Nucleic Acids Research (IF=10.162) by the research team of Dr. Kota Kasahara (Ritsumeikan University), Dr. Masaaki Shiina, Prof. Kazuhiro Ogata (Yokohama City University), Prof. Junichi Higo and Prof. Haruki Nakamura (IPR, Osaka University), revealing the regulation mechanism of the intrinsically disordered region of Ets1 transcription factor due to phosphorylation of Ser residues by molecular simulation and biochemical studies.
Mariko Okada, Professor, Laboratory of Cell Systems
Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University
3-2 Yamadaoka Suita, Osaka 565-0871
E-mail: mokada[at]protein.osaka-u.ac.jp (change [at] to @).
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The aim of our exhibition is providing chances for various people to realize the diversity and importance of the “Shape” of proteins though experiences such as watching, feeling and constructing. We hope it helps them to deepen their understanding for biomolecules. The details of exhibition are as following:
“Watching” by accessing PDBj database and browsing protein molecules with CG in sterically.
“Feeling” by touching the molecule models made with a 3D printer
“Constructing” by making molecules with paper crafts
We also introduce the methods and facilities such as synchrotrons and high resolution electron microscopes (Nobel Prize of this year was awarded for it!) to solve molecule shapes.