YOSHIDA Ken-ichi



Research Field

Bio-production A2


Educational Background

Ph. D.(Doctor of Agriculture), Kyoto University, 1993

Current Position

Professor,Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
Professor,Engineering Biology Research Center, Kobe University

Through the analysis of the structure and function of microbial genomes, he elucidates the new gene functions and regulatory mechanisms, which are applied to bio-production. In particular, he is known as an international pioneer of inositol metabolism in bacteria, with a remarkable performance in the microbial production of useful rare inositol isomers.

Research Career

After a Master obtained at Kyoto University in 1989, he got the position of Assistant professor at Fukuyama University in 1990 and obtained a PhD at Kyoto University in 1993. After a Post-Doc experience at INRA, France, from 1996 to 97, he moved to Kobe University in 2004 as Associate professor, and was promoted to be Professor of Applied Microbiology in 2009. He has specialized in functional genomics of bacteria including Bacillus subtilis and its relatives since the very beginning of his career to date.
He was once awarded the prize for "Encouragement of Young Scientists" (2002) and twice the prize for "Excellent papers" from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry (2008 and 2014).
He served in the Research Promotion Bureau in Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), as a Program Officer (Scientific Research Senior Specialist) (2005-2007). Currently he serves as well in Kobe University Brussels European Centre as one of the directors (Executive director, since April 2014) and also a member of advisory board of the JEUPISTE project of EU FP7.


Ability of microorganisms coinverting the wide variety of substances is the cornerstone of biotechnology. Discovering novel microbial functions involved in chemical conversion, we are conducting unique and original researches in bio-production.