- What fascinates you most about plant science?
I am fascinated by the beautiful shapes of plants and their incredible variations. I equally enjoy observing the morphology of plant cells in detail under the microscope. I like the moment that something invisible to human eyes becomes visible under the lens of the microscopes. This always reminds me that what I see is only a small part of the world.
- Tell us briefly what scientific questions you are pursuing at MPIPZ.
I study the mechanisms of how the body of plants develops and how diverse shapes of plants are formed using moss and crucifer plants.
- What/Who has inspired you greatly in your career so far?
I was inspired by a biology teacher at the junior high school and decided to further study biology. This is how my initial interest in biology developed which led me down the path that has brought me to MPIPZ.
- What did you find most challenging in your career so far?
One of the most challenging things in my carrier was when I decided to move from Japan to Europe and started working in a different language environment.
- How do you see your future in science and why?
I would like to apply my knowledge of basic science to solve scientific questions from different research disciplines. In particular, I am interested in contributing towards a more sustainable food production via innovative agricultural techniques.