WAKANA TANAKA

Last Updated :2022/07/01

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Assistant Professor
Web Site
E-mail
wakanathiroshima-u.ac.jp
Self-introduction
I am interested in how plants elaborate their structures such as flowers and leaves. My research objective is to elucidate the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying the control of plant development.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2019/12/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Assistant Professor
  • 2015/08/16, 2019/11/30, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Assistant Professor
  • 2013/04/01, 2015/08/15, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2012/04/01, 2013/03/31, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Educational Backgrounds

  • University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, JAPAN, 2007/04, 2012/03
  • Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, JAPAN, 2003/04, 2007/03

Academic Degrees

  • The University of Tokyo
  • The University of Tokyo

Educational Activity

  • [Bachelor Degree Program] School of Applied Biological Science : Department of Applied Biological Science : Molecular Agro-Life Science Program
  • [Master's Program] Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science
  • [Doctoral Program] Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life : Division of Integrated Sciences for Life : Program of Food and AgriLife Science

In Charge of Primary Major Programs

  • Molecular Agro-Life Science Program

Research Fields

  • Biology;Basic biology;Plant molecular biology / Plant physiology
  • Agricultural sciences;Plant production and environmental agriculture;Science in genetics and breeding

Research Keywords

  • Plant development
  • Crop breeding
  • Molecular genetics
  • Meristem
  • Plant stem cells
  • Tiller
  • Axillary bud
  • Flower
  • Rice (Oryza sativa)

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
  • Japanese Society of Breeding
  • The Genetics Society of Japan
  • The Japan Mendel Society

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2022, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 3Term, Cell Science
  2. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Graduation Thesis I
  3. 2022, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  4. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in General Chemistry
  5. 2022, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Graduation Thesis II
  6. 2022, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Graduation Thesis III
  7. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in Molecular Agro-life ScienceII
  8. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Molecular Cell Biology
  9. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, Plant Molecular Biology
  10. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Bio-Analytical Science
  11. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Reading of Foreign Literature in Molecular Agro-Life Science
  12. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  13. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 1Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  14. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  15. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 4Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  16. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Academic Year, Research for Academic Degree Dissertation in Food andAgriLife Science
  17. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Applied Plant Science
  18. 2022, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 3Term, Cell Science
  19. 2022, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Graduation Thesis II
  20. 2022, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  21. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in General Chemistry
  22. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Graduation Thesis I
  23. 2022, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Graduation Thesis III
  24. 2022, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Laboratory Work in Molecular Agro-life ScienceII
  25. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Molecular Cell Biology
  26. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, Plant Molecular Biology
  27. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Bio-Analytical Science
  28. 2022, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Reading of Foreign Literature in Molecular Agro-Life Science
  29. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 1Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  30. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science A
  31. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  32. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 4Term, Exercises in Food andAgriLife Science B
  33. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Academic Year, Research for Academic Degree Dissertation in Food andAgriLife Science
  34. 2022, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Applied Plant Science

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. D-type cyclin OsCYCD3;1 is involved in the maintenance of meristem activity to regulate branch formation in rice, Journal of Plant Physiology, 270, 153634, 2022
  2. ★, Flower meristem maintenance by TILLERS ABSENT1 is essential for ovule development in rice, Development, 148(24), dev199932, 20211217
  3. Identification of six CPC-like genes and their differential expression in leaves of tea plant, Camellia sinensis, Journal of Plant Physiology, 263, 153465, 2021
  4. Function of the TRY C-terminal region artificially fused with its homologous transcription factors inducing root hair differentiation in Arabidopsis, Biosci Biotechnol Biochem., 85(5), 1114-1120, 2021
  5. Genetic mechanism underlying tiller formation in rice, Agricultural Biotechnology, 5(4), 44-48, 2021
  6. The roles of two FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER genes, FON1 and FON2, differ in axillary meristem development., Cytologia, 85(4), 319-324, 2020
  7. CURLED LATER1 encoding the largest subunit of the Elongator complex has a unique role in leaf development and meristem function in rice., Plant Journal, 104, 351-364, 2020
  8. Stem Cell Maintenance in the Shoot Apical Meristems and during Axillary Meristem Development., CYTOLOGIA, 85(1), 3-8, 2020
  9. DWARF WITH SLENDER LEAF1 encoding a histone deacetylase plays diverse roles in rice development., Plant & Cell Physiology, 61(3), 457-469, 2020
  10. ★, Antagonistic action of TILLERS ABSENT1 and FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER2 regulates stem cell maintenance during axillary meristem development in rice., New Phytologist, 225(2), 974-984, 2020
  11. Class I KNOX gene OSH1 is indispensable for axillary meristem development in rice., Cytologia, 84(4), 343-346, 2019
  12. TILLERS ABSENT1, the WUSCHEL ortholog, is not involved in stem cell maintenance in the shoot apical meristem in rice., Plant Signaling & Behavior, 14(9), 1640565, 2019
  13. Transcriptional corepressor ASP1 and CLV-like signaling regulate meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Physiology, 180(3), 1520-1534, 2019
  14. Rice flower development revisited: regulation of carpel specification and flower meristem determinacy., Plant & Cell Physiology, 60(6), 1284-1295, 2019
  15. BELL1-like homeobox genes regulate inflorescence architecture and meristem maintenance in rice., Plant Journal, 98(3), 465-478, 2019
  16. ★, Three TOB1-related YABBY genes are required to maintain proper function of the spikelet and branch meristems in rice., New Phytologist, 215(2), 825-839, 2017
  17. Genetic enhancer analysis reveals that FLORAL ORGAN NUMBER2 and OsMADS3 co-operatively regulate maintenance and determinacy of the flower meristem in rice., Plant & Cell Physiology, 58(5), 893-903, 2017
  18. Polar patterning of the spikelet is disrupted in the two opposite lemma mutant in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 91(4), 193-200, 2016
  19. ★, Axillary meristem formation in rice requires the WUSCHEL ortholog TILLERS ABSENT1., Plant Cell, 27(4), 1173-1184, 2015
  20. Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice., Genes & Genetic Systems, 90(4), 231-235, 2015
  21. Analysis of rice fickle spikelet1 mutant that displays an increase in flower and spikelet organ number with inconstant expressivity., Genes & Genetic Systems, 90(3), 181-184, 2015
  22. ★, Grass meristems II: inflorescence architecture, flower development and meristem fate., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 313-324, 2013
  23. Grass meristems I: shoot apical meristem maintenance, axillary meristem determinacy and the floral transition., Plant & Cell Physiology, 54(3), 302-312, 2013
  24. WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX4 is involved in meristem maintenance and is negatively regulated by the CLE gene FCP1 in rice., Plant Cell, 25(1), 229-241, 2013
  25. Formation of two florets within a single spikelet in the rice tongari-boushi1 mutant., Plant Signaling & Behavior, 7(7), 793-795, 2012
  26. ★, The YABBY gene TONGARI-BOUSHI1 is involved in lateral organ development and maintenance of meristem organization in the rice spikelet., Plant Cell, 24(1), 80-95, 2012
  27. Identification of the conserved region in intron1 of the DROOPING LEAF genes among the species in the grass family., Rice Genetics newsletter, 25, 78-79, 2010
  28. The homeotic gene LONG STERILE LEMMA (G1) specifies sterile lemma identity in the rice spikelet., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(47), 20103-20108, 2009
  29. The spatial expression patterns of DROOPING LEAF orthologs suggest a conserved function in grasses., Genes & Genetic Systems, 84(2), 137-146, 2009

Publications such as books

  1. 2021, Introduction to applied biological science for the SDGs, Morphology and function of the aboveground aerial parts of the crop, Textbook, Joint work
  2. 2014, The Molecular Genetics of Floral Transition and Flower Development - Advances in Botanical Research, Flower development in rice., Elsevier, 2014, Scholarly Book, Joint work, Wakana Tanaka, Taiyo Toriba, and Hiro-Yuki Hirano, 9780124171626, 0124171621, 376, 221-262
  3. 2014, Flower Development - Methods and Protocols., Grass flower development., Springer, 2014, Scholarly Book, Joint work, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, Wakana Tanaka, and Taiyo Toriba, 978-1461494072, 475, 57-84

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. TAB1 promotes ovule development by maintaining the flower meristem in rice, Wakana Tanaka, Suzuha Ohmori, Naoto Kawakami, and Hiro-Yuki Hirano, The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiology, 2022/03/22, Without Invitation, Japanese, The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologys, Online
  2. Genetic mechanism and significance of stem cell maintenance in rice flower development, Wakana Tanaka, Suzuha Ohmori, Chie Suzuki, Naoto Kawakami, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, The 85th Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of Japan, 2021/09/19, With Invitation, English
  3. Genetic mechanism that regulates tiller formation, Wakana Tanaka, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, The 2021 Annual Meeting of The Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry, 2021/03, Without Invitation, Japanese, Online
  4. Two FON genes play different roles in axillary bud formation in rice, Wakana Tanaka, Hiro-Yuki Hirano, 2020/10, Without Invitation, Japanese
  5. Function of WOX and KNOX genes in axillary bud formation in rice, 2019/09, Without Invitation, Japanese
  6. Genetic regulation of stem cell maintenance during axillary bud formation in rice, Wakana Tanaka, Plant Stem Cells: Source of Plant Vitality, Workshop1: Stem cells and Plant Reproduction, 2019/05, With Invitation, English, Tohoku University, Katahira Campus (Miyagi, Sendai)

Awards

  1. 2022/04/20, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, The Young Scientists' Award, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Molecular genetic studies on plant development and meristem regulation
  2. 2020/11/27, Japan prize in Agricultural Sciences, Achievement Award for Young Scientists, The Foundation of agricultural Sciences of Japan, Molecular genetic studies on spikelet development and tiller formation in rice
  3. 2016/11, GGS prize 2016, The Genetics Society of Japan, Generation of artificial drooping leaf mutants by CRISPR-Cas9 technology in rice.
  4. 2010/10, GGS prize 2010, The Genetics Society of Japan, The spatial expression patterns of DROOPING LEAF orthologs suggest a conserved function in grasses

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), 2022/04, 2025/03
  2. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Research in a proposed research area), Stem cell maintenance during axillary meristem formation, 2020/04, 2022/03
  3. KAKENHI(Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists), Regulatory mechanism of stem cell establishment during axillary bud formation in rice, 2019/04, 2022/03
  4. 2017/04, 2018/03
  5. 2016/04, 2019/03
  6. 2015/10, 2016/09
  7. 2013/04, 2016/03
  8. 2011/04, 2013/03

Social Activities

History as Committee Members

  1. Councillor of THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF JAPAN, 2021/04, 2023/03, THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF JAPAN

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. The 85th Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of Japan Symposium "Inflorescence development and diversity in grasses", 2021/09, 2021/09
  2. The 61st annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Plant Physiology Symposium "Frontiers of growth and development in grasses explored by young researchers", 2020/03, 2020/03

Other Social Contributions

  1. Article publication in "Shoukei-Advice", Discovery of a gene that forms rice grains - For future breeding, Shoukei-Advice, 2022/01/24, Interviewee, Newspaper or magazine
  2. Article publication in "The Weekly PressNet", Genetic studies on flower and leaf formation in rice, The Weekly PressNet, 2021/02/25, Interviewee, Newspaper or magazine, Media
  3. HiHA Young Researchers Workshop, Genetic mechanisms that control plant development, Hiroshima Research Center for Healthy Aging (HiHA), 2021/01/20, Lecturer, Lecture, Researchesrs