Report of The Fourth A3 Roundtable Meeting on Asia Chemical Probe Research Hub

Junya Takino
Hokkaido University, Japan

 First of all, I would like to appreciate the precious opportunity to attend to The Fourth A3 Roundtable Meeting on Chemical Probe Research Hub in Sendai during November 18th to November 21st. This meeting has more than 70 oral presentations by front-line professors and young researchers. All of the researchers were fascinating for me and I was inspired so much.
 On November 20th, I had an opportunity for presentation. My presentation topic was “Deciphering the biosynthetic machinery of abscisic acid in fungi”. In this presentation, I talked about the unique cyclization mechanism of novel terpene cyclase involved in the biosynthesis of plant hormone in fungi. All questions and comments are helpful for me to promote my research in the future. Without such opportunity, it is hard to directly evaluate my work from other research field. Therefore, after the meeting, I’m motivated much more than before.
 Through this meeting, I had many chances to talk with graduated students from Japan, China and Korea. Although my English is poor and I’m very shy, we can talk about on our daily life, culture, and research topics. Besides, in this meeting, I met with Dr. Gao Lei who studied together in our laboratory supported by the A3 foresight program and talk a lot with him. Because of these excited experiences, I want to continue this international network in the future and collaborate with the Asian researchers and I’m sure that this meeting will be my treasure.
 Finally, I would like to thank A3 foresight program (program leader: Prof. Ueda, Tohoku University) to support me to join in this meeting.