I was born in Osaka, Japan. After receiving B.S. and M.S. in Applied Biotechnology at Osaka University, I worked for the Water Analytical Laboratory in Osaka City Waterworks Bureau, where I was monitoring and analyzing water contaminants such as trace organic compounds, metals and some bacteria. I also developed highly sensitive PCR-based inspection methods for waterborne intestinal parasites, cryptosporidium from drinking water. In November 2006, I moved to the U.S. and worked with Dr. DellaPenna at Michigan State University before joining Dr. Chapple’s lab in July 2007 as a research assistant. Besides preparing general lab supplies, I am involved in several projects for understanding of the phenylpropanoid pathway leading to lignin biosynthesis. For example, I’m analyzing the individual lignin monomers using GC in the transgenic poplar over-expressing or down-regulating the key enzymes of the phenylpropanoid pathway. In other project, I’m analyzing the amount of dihydroxybenzoic acids glucosides for 300 Arabidopsis recombinant inbred lines using HPLC for QTL mapping.