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Ishikawa Prefectural University

Teaching Staff Information

Hidehiko Kumagai President

WebSite:Ishikawa Prefectural University

Degree:PhD, Kyoto University

  • E-mail: hidekuma[at]ishikawa-pu.ac.jp ※Please change [at] to @

Academic Societies/Awards/Background
Background PhD of Kyoto University in1969
Assistant Professor of the Institute for Food Science, Kyoto University in 1969
Associate Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 1977
Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 1991
Professor of Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University in 1999
Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University in 2004
Professor of Ishikawa Prefectural University in 2005
Emeritus Professor of Ishikawa Prefectural University in 2005
President of Ishikawa Prefectural University in 2013
Academic Societies/
Emeritus member of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry
Emeritus member of the Vitamin Society of Japan
Councilor of Japan Bio-industry Association
Awards Award of Vitamin Society of Japan in 1994
The Japan Society of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry Award in 2001
The Japan Academy Prize in 2012
Ig Nobel Prize, Chemistry in 2013

Primary Research
Research Fields Applied Microbiology

Keywords Microorganisms, Enzymes, Amino acids, Amines, Microbiological production of amino acids and amines, Fermentation
Research Topics
  • Characterization of microbial amino acid metabolizing enzymes

  • Microbial production of amino acids

  • Characterization and utilization of microbial cellulolytic enzymes

  • Characterization and utilization of lactic acid bacteria from traditional local fermented foods

  • Microbial production of plant isoquinoline alkaloids

Research Achievements

Social Contributions
Areas of scientific/technological support/advice Knowledge and technology for the utilization of micro-organisms or enzymes to produce same useful products
Previous accomplishments Industrial production of L-DOPA, a starting material for the treatment of Perkinson’s disease
Industrial production of a new type fermented rice drink with lactic acid bacteria

Expectations of Students Possess high ambitions and take the challenge

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