Dr. Hitoshi Nakamoto and his student visited King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
Associate Professor Hitoshi Nakamoto
I, a faculty member of department of biochemistry and molecular biology, visited Dr. Apiradee Hongsthong at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Bangkok, Thailand from Sept 16th to Sept 22nd. The purpose for this trip was to discuss about ongoing collaborative research projects with Dr. Hongsthong, and to escort/ take Mr. Hiroki Katayama, a student in my lab to promote student exchange between Saitama University and KMUTT. Prof. Yuzuru Tozawa and his two students also visited KMUTT, but a lab different from the one we visited. On Sept 18th, I and Prof. Tozawa presented departmental seminars. The title for my talk was ‘naturally occurring small-molecules which target the molecular chaperone Hsp90’.
I have been collaborating with Dr. Hongsthong who is a principal investigator of National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand, and also a lecturer for Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Program of KMUTT. Her group has created a cyanobacterial proteome database and web-based tools for the analysis of a genome-wide protein-protein interactions. Her lab has modern instruments for proteome analysis which we do not have here at Saitama University. That is why I was interested in collaborating with her and visited her lab at KMUTT several times before student exchange agreement has been established between our Graduate School of Science and engineering and KMUTT in 2016. I invited her to our university as a visiting scientist in 2015. Graduate School of Science and engineering of Saitama University supported her stay. In 2016, I was invited as a KMUTT visiting professor. I published one paper with Dr. Hongsthong. During this visit, we spent a lot of time to evaluate the data we have generated so far, and discuss about future experiments to be performed in order to complete our projects and publish a paper.
Mr. Hiroki Katayama spent one month at Dr. Hongsthong’s lab. He learned various DNA works, culturing cyanobacteria, proteome analysis and so on. Researchers working at Dr. Hongsthong’s lab were very kind, helpful, and responsible, so he did not have any problems, and enjoyed his first visit to a foreign country. Almost every day, we ate lunch/dinner together with researchers at Dr. Hongsthong’s lab. I am sure that he learned a lot of things in a new environment. I hope that this exchange program will be used for students of our university and KMUTT to explore new areas of study/research, experience personal growth, and making networks with friends/researchers abroad.