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Dr. Muhammad Saqib




Pre-fellowship host institute

Justus Liebig University

Host institute

The University of Tokyo
Biotechnology Research Center

Host researcher


Fellowship period

2006/09/04 ~ 2008/09/03

Research field

Agricultural Sciences


Research title

Elucidation of the Molecular Mechanisms of Boron Transport and Function in Plants


The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research

I got excellent views about Japan, right from my childhood. In my opinion it is a country of a very hard working nation of the world. As I grew up and learnt more about science, I came to know that some of the best research work in science was going on in Japan. I was interested to learn advanced techniques in Biotechnology and to do some work of international standards in this field. Therefore, I planned to come to the University of Tokyo to do research on ion transport in plants.

Research achievements

As a JSPS fellow, the major focus of my research is the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of boron transport in plants under low and high boron conditions with particular reference to its interaction with NaCl. It has been demonstrated by me that an interaction does exist at the molecular level. A group of genes has been identified in this regard and presently I am doing functional characterization of these genes in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Advice to new fellows

I am having a good time in Japan and I hope that the new fellows will also enjoy their stay and research work in Japan. I would like to suggest them to respect the culture and try to learn Japanese language of daily use. Try to understand the culture; they are very polite but some what reserve people. Take initiative to make first contact and they will be happy to change it into a friendship. They are always happy to listen and discuss the matters of mutual interest.