Dr. Mitsuo Yamashita is Professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry and a head of Rare metal Biotechnology center for Research Organization for Advanced Engineering at Shibaura Institute Technology (SIT), Japan. Following his working place at Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co.(present Astellas Phrma. Inc.), Hiroshima University and Osaka University, he has implemented a research line at the SIT.
Dr. Mitsuo Yamashita has studied a special focus on the relationship of rare-metal and microorganisms. Rare-metals are essential for advanced industries and the demand is increasing. The mines are being exhausted, but rare-metals are still thrown away, not being recovered. He studies to develop the technologies to recover and recycle rare metals from discarded wastes at low cost using microbes.
His other research interests include the analysis of good effects of lactic acid bacteria on allergy. Some of lactic acid bacteria are probiotics, which is effective in relieving the symptoms of allergies that is a serious problem of modern society. He analyzes lactic acid bacteria, which are high in cytokine induction potency to relieve the symptoms of allergies, on molecular and gene levels. He also help to construct allegens detection protein chips. He has co-authored around 100 scientific publications.
rare-metals, microorganisms, recovery, recycling, lactic acid bacteria, allergies
- Applied Biochemistry
- Life Science
- Biochemistry Experiment
Publications and International Conference Papers after 2015:
- 1. Sirikan Maneesuwannarat, Alisa S. Vangnai, MitsuoYamashita, and Paitip Thiravetyan.: Bioleaching of gallium from gallium arsenide by Cellulosimicrobium funkei and its application to semiconductor/electronic wastes. Process Safety and Environment Protection, 99, 80-87, (2016).
- 2. Osamu Otsuka, Mitsuo Yamashita, Masashi Kuroda, Satoshi Soda, and Michihiko Ike.: Selenium recovery from simulated wastewater using selenium reducing bacteria Pseudomonas stutzeri NT-I. Hydroprocess 2015 (7th International Seminar on Process Hydrometallurgy. 100-101, July 22-24, 2015, Antofagasta, Chile)
- 3. Satoshi. Soda, Ai. Hasegawa, Masashi. Kuroda, Aiko. Hanada, Mitsuo Yamashita, and Michihiko Ike.: Seleniumu recovery form kiln powder of cement manufacturing by chemical leaching and bioreduction. Water Science and Technology, 72(8), 1294-1300, (2015).
- 4. Takumi Horiike, and Mitsuo Yamashita.: A new isolate, Penidiella sp. T9, accumulates the rare earth element dysprosium. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 81(9), 3062-3068, (2015).
- 5. Masashi Kuroda, Hiroyuki Ayano, Kazunari Sei, Mitsuo Yamashita, and Michihiko Ike.: Draft genome sequence of Bacillus selenatarsenatis SF-1T, a promising agent for bioremediation of environmrnts contaminated with selenium and arsenic. Genome Announc., 3(1), 1-2, (2015).
International / Domestic Societies
- Member of the Society for Biotechnology, Japan
- Member of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry
- Member of the Japanese Biochemical Society
- Member of Japanese Association for Food Immunology Society