Takahiro Shiotsuki, Formerly of the Bruce Hammock Lab, Receives Prestigious Award from Pesticide Science Society of Japan
April 10, 2012
DAVIS--Takahiro Shiotsuki, a former postdoctoral researcher in the Bruce Hammock lab at the University of California, Davis, has just received a prestigious award from the Pesticide Science Society of Japan for his project, “Studies on Target Molecules of Insect Growth Regulators."
The award is given annually to members with honorable research achievements in the fields of pesticide science.
Shiotsuki was a postdoc in the Hammock lab from April 1991 to March 1993. He is now a senior researcher at Japan’s Insect Growth Regulation Research Unit, National Institute of Agrobiological Science.
Shiotsuki began his project in Hammock’s Juvenile Hormone Esterace (JHE) lab. .
In his abstract, Shiotsuki wrote: “Juvenile hormones (JHs) play important roles in the regulation of a number of physiological processes in insects. However, the molecular mechanisms of JHs are less studied in contrast with those of ecdysteroids, which is one reason no JH receptor has been identified clearly. It is critical to make clear the mode of JH action in order to develop a novel type of IGRs and to do basic research of insect physiology. Here, two strategies were taken to investigate the action and target sites for the imidazole type of IGRs, KK-42 and KS-175, related to the chemical structures of JH and to study the regulatory mechanism of genes and proteins for JH titer regulations, JH-degrading enzymes, and binding proteins.”
“This is a tremendous honor and I am so proud of you,” Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology, told him. “I have always been very impressed with the quality of your science and it is a thrill to see this quality appreciated by the Pesticide Science Society.”
Hammock quipped that “all I ever did was stay out of your way.”
Hammock, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Entomological Society of America, holds a joint appointment in cancer research with the UC Davis Medical Center. He directs the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Program on the UC Davis campus, as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Biotechnology and the NIEHS Combined Analytical Laboratory.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology