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Kumiko  Okazaki

Kumiko Okazaki


Ph.D. in Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, 2006

Current position

Postdoctoral research fellow in Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan


  1. Okazaki, K., Miyagishima, S. Y. and Wada, H. (2015). Phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate negatively regulates chloroplast division in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 27(3): 663-674.
  2. Miyagishima, S. Y., Suzuki, K., Okazaki, K. and Kabeya, Y. (2012). Expression of the nucleus-encoded chloroplast division genes and proteins regulated by the algal cell cycle. Mol Biol Evol 29(10): 2957-2970.
  3. Okazaki, K., Kabeya, Y. and Miyagishima, S. Y. (2010). The evolution of the regulatory mechanism of chloroplast division. Plant Signal Behav 5(2): 164-167.
  4. Okazaki, K.*, Kabeya, Y.*, Suzuki, K., Mori, T., Ichikawa, T., Matsui, M., Nakanishi, H. and Miyagishima, S. Y. (2009). The PLASTID DIVISION1 and 2 components of the chloroplast division machinery determine the rate of chloroplast division in land plant cell differentiation. Plant Cell 21(6): 1769-1780. (*Co-first authors)
  5. Nakanishi, H., Suzuki, K., Kabeya, Y., Okazaki, K. and Miyagishima, S. Y. (2009). Conservation and differences of the Min system in the chloroplast and bacterial division site placement. Commun Integr Biol 2(5): 400-402.
  6. Okazaki, K., Sato, N., Tsuji, N., Tsuzuki, M. and Nishida, I. (2006). The significance of C16 fatty acids in the sn-2 positions of glycerolipids in the photosynthetic growth of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. Plant Physiol 141(2): 546-556.
Protocols by Kumiko Okazaki
  1. Measurement of PI4P Levels in Intact Chloroplasts Isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana
  2. Preparation of Chloroplast Lipid Membrane and Lipid-Protein Interaction Assay