On 25th July 2019, Mayuko Takakura(M2), Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of engineering, received Excellent Research Award of the 21st general meeting of the RNA society of Japan.

Transfer RNA (tRNA) is an adaptor molecule that links codon and amino acid during translation. tRNAs are decorated with a number of chemical modifications which play critical roles in tRNA stability and precise decoding. In this reseach, we identified a novel tRNA-modifying enzyme and successfully reconstituted the corresponding tRNA modification in vitro. Furthermore, we observe a specific phenotype of the strain in witch the target modification was depleted.

It's a great honor to receive this award. I greatly appreciate Prof. Tsutomu Suzuki and all members of Suzuki laboratory.
I will devote myself to studying and deepening my research.