Dr. Katsuhiko Mineta is a senior research scientist in
Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) in King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2014. He previously served as an associate
professor of Information Science and Technology in Hokkaido University since
2003. He received his bachelor and MS degrees in agricultural chemistry from
the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1997 and 1999, and his Ph.D. in genetics was
received from the Graduated University for Advanced Studies, Japan in 2002. He
worked as a postdoc in National Institute of Genetics, Japan and University of
Chicago, USA. His researches are based on evolutionary biology and bioinformatics.
He also interested in the environmental omics as a tool to understand the
adapting process and mechanism of the organisms.
Toward the comparative
marine metagenomics from the Red Sea
Marine metagenomics is a powerful tool for studying the comprehensive structure
of the microbial community in the sea. Since
the structure of the microbial community could reflect the environmental diversity
and dynamics, it is of particular interest to elucidate the diversity of the microbial
community among different environments. To know these diversities, we have
conducted the comparative marine metagenomics in the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia
and the Pacific Ocean near Japan with time-series sampling approach. Because
the Red Sea has very unique environmental features such as high
salinity, high water temperature and low nutrition, the studies of comparative marine metagenomics between these different
seas can give us significant insights into the understanding of how microbial
communities can make environmental adaptation. In addition, the Red Sea can be a
good model of the sea affected by global warming effects, thus the comparative
study based on the Red Sea provides the essential insight into maintaining the
sustainable ecosystem for human well-being. This approach also leads to reveal novel
genes that are significantly useful for the industrial or pharmaceutical applications.
In this presentation, we show an overview of our Red Sea metagenome
project toward the comparative marine
metagenomics. Note that the present
study is conducted under the international collaboration of the members in CBRC
at KAUST in Saudi Arabia with the Kitasato university group in Japan.