Rungaroon Waditee-Sirisattha, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

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2010-2008       Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, JAPAN
2006-2008       Research Scientist, Plant Science Center, RIKEN, JAPAN
2005-2006       Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Institute of Meijo University, JAPAN
2004-2005       Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND
2001-2003       Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JAPAN 
2001                Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chulalongkorn University, THAILAND
2013     Hitachi Research Fellowship (Molecular Biology) (International Center for Green Biotechnology, Japan)
2012     JSPS Fellowship (Molecular Biology) (International Center for Green Biotechnology, Japan)
Research Interest
- Discovery, understanding and application of extremophiles
(i) Molecular mechanism of extremophiles’ adaptation to extreme environment
(ii) Discovery of novel product
(iii) Metabolic engineering and its application.
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Selected Publications
  1. Waditee-Sirisattha R, Kageyama H, Sopun W, Tanaka Y, Takabe T. Identification and Upregulation of Biosynthetic Genes Required for Accumulation of Mycosporine-2-Glycine under Salt Stress Conditions in the Halotolerant Cyanobacterium Aphanothece halophytica. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Mar;80(5):1763-9. (IF=3.678)
  2. Ndimba BK, Ndimba RJ, Johnson TS, Waditee-Sirisattha R, Baba M, Sirisattha S, Shiraiwa Y, Agrawal GK, Rakwal R. Biofuels as a sustainable energy source: an update of the applications of proteomics in bioenergy crops and algae. J Proteomics. 2013 Nov 20;93:234-44. (IF=4.088)
  3. Waditee-Sirisattha R, Singh M, Kageyama H, Sittipol D, Rai AK, Takabe T. Anabaena sp. PCC7120 transformed with glycine methylation genes from Aphanothece  halophytica synthesized glycine betaine showing increased tolerance to salt. Arch Microbiol. 2012 Nov;194(11):909-14. (IF=1.905)
  4. Waditee-Sirisattha R, Sittipol D, Tanaka Y, Takabe T. Overexpression of serine hydroxymethyltransferase from halotolerant cyanobacterium in Escherichia coli results in increased accumulation of choline precursors and enhanced salinity tolerance. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2012 Aug;333(1):46-53. (IF=2.049)
  5. Waditee-Sirisattha R, Shibato J, Rakwal R, Sirisattha S, Hattori A, Nakano T, Takabe T, Tsujimoto M. The Arabidopsis aminopeptidase LAP2 regulates plant growth, leaf longevity and stress response. New Phytol. 2011 Sep;191(4):958-69. PubMed PMID: 21569035. (IF=6.736)
  6. Kageyama H, Tripathi K, Rai AK, Cha-Um S, Waditee-Sirisattha R, Takabe T. An alkaline phosphatase /phosphodiesterase, PhoD, induced by salt stress and secreted out of the cells of Aphanothece halophytica, a halotolerant cyanobacterium. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Aug;77(15):5178-83. (IF=3.678)
  7. Waditee R, Bhuiyan HN, Hirata E, Hibino T, Tanaka Y, Shikata M, Takabe T.  Metabolic engineering for betaine accumulation in microbes and plants. J. Biol. Chem. 282, 34185-93 (2007).  (IF = 5.328)
  8. Radchenko MV, Tanaka K, Waditee R, Oshimi S, Matsuzaki Y, Fukuhara M, Kobayashi H, Takabe T, Nakamura T. Potassium/proton antiport system of Escherichia coli. J. Biol. Chem. 281, 19822-9 (2006). (IF = 5.328)
  9. Waditee R, Buaboocha T, Kato M, Hibino T, Suzuki S, Nakamura T, Takabe T. Carboxyl-terminal hydrophilic tail of a NhaP type Na+/H+ antiporter from cyanobacteria is involved in the apparent affinity for Na+ and pH sensitivity. Arch. Biophy. Biochem. 450(1):113-21 (2006). (IF = 3.046)
  10. Radchenko MV, Waditee R, Oshimi S, Fukuhara M, Takabe T, Nakamura T. Cloning, Functional expression, and primary characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus K+/H+ antiporter gene is Escherichia coli. Mol. Microbiol. 59(2):651-63 (2006). (IF = 5.361)
  11. Yamamoto A, Bhuiyan MN, Waditee R, Tanaka Y, Esaka M, Oba K, Jagendorf AT, Takabe T.  Suppressed expression of the apoplastic ascorbate oxidase gene increases salt tolerance in tobacco and Arabidopsis plants. J. Exp. Bot. 56 (417): 1785-96(2005). (impact factor = 4.271)
  12. Waditee R, Bhuiyan HN, Rai V, Aoki K, Tanaka Y, Hibino T, Suzuki S, Takano J, Jagendorf A, Takabe T, Takabe T. Genetic manipulation of a novel betaine biosynthetic pathway by methylation of glycine improved abiotic-stress tolerance of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 and Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102(5):1318-23. (2005). (IF = 9.432)
  13. Waditee R, Hossain GS, Tanaka Y, Nakamura T, Shikata M, Takano J, Takabe T,    Takabe T. Isolation and functional characterization of Ca2+/H+ antiporters from cyanobacteria. J. Biol. Chem. 279, 4330-4338 (2004). (IF= 5.328)
  14. Waditee R, Tanaka Y, Aoki K, Hibino T, Jikuya H, Takano J, Takabe T, Takabe T.Isolation and Functional Characterization of N-Methyltransferases That Catalyze Betaine Synthesis from Glycine in a Halotolerant Photosynthetic Organism Aphanothece halophytica.  J. Biol. Chem. 278, 4932-4942 (2003). (IF = 5.328)
  15. Hibino T, Waditee R, Araki E, Ishikawa H, Aoki K, Tanaka Y, Takabe T.   Functional characterization of choline monooxygenase, an enzyme for betaine synthesis in plants.   J. Biol. Chem. 277, 41352-41360 (2002). (IF = 5.328) 
  16. Waditee R, Hibino T, Tanaka Y, Nakamura T, Incharoensakdi A, Hayakawa S, Suzuki S, Futsuhara Y, Kawamitsu Y, Takabe T, Takabe T. Functional characterization of betaine/proline transporters in betaine-accumulating mangrove.  J. Biol. Chem. 277, 18373-18382 (2002). (IF = 5.328)
  17. Waditee R, Hibino T, Nakamura T, Incharoensakdi A, Takabe T.  Overexpression of a Na+/H+ antiporter confers salt tolerance on a freshwater cyanobacterium, making it capable of growth in sea water. Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 99, 4109-4114 (2002). (IF = 9.432) 
Grants, Awards and Recognition
Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund, THAILAND
RIKEN Incentive Fund for Innovative Research, JAPAN
RIKEN Special Foreign Researcher Fellowship, JAPAN
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, JAPAN