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Naho Akiyama (D1), Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology, received AOBA Award


On 9th August 2022, Naho Akiyama (D1), Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology, received AOBA Award, The Best Presentation Award at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the RNA Society of Japan.

AOBA Award

The best presentation awards, AOBA Award and Excellent Research Award, are given to the young researchers who deliver the best presentation at each year’s annual meeting of The RNA Society of Japan. AOBA Award is the best presentation one for the young scientist.

About awarded research

“Structural insights into the decoding capability of tRNA with cytidine modifications”

tRNA undergoes a wide variety of post-transcriptional modifications to ensure efficient and accurate translation of genetic information. In this study, we focused on cytidine modification with a long side chain and revealed how the characteristic modification structures contribute to the decoding capability of tRNA by structural and biochemical analyses.

Your impression & future plan

I would like to thank my supervisor Prof. Tsutomu Suzuki, all members of Suzuki Laboratory, and my collaborators. Taking encouragement from this award, I will strive for my research to expand the significance of tRNA modification.