Hitoshi Shirakawa

Tohoku University

Hitoshi Shirakawa is a professor at the Laboratory of Nutrition, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Japan. He obtained his Ph.D. from the same university in 1996 with his studies on the structure and molecular functions of chromosomal protein HMG2. His current research is focused on the modulation of intracellular signaling by nutrients and other food ingredients, especially on the alternation of inflammatory response and steroidogenesis by vitamin K, biotin, isoprenoids, and other food ingredients. Dr. Shirakawa also investigates the effects of fermented rice/wheat bran extract on the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases and identifies novel functional ingredients from fermented materials.

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