The interview article of Assistant Prof. Hajime Sato is on Chem Station
An interview with Dr. Hajime Sato, assistant professor (PI) at the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, University of Yamanashi, has been published on Chem Station, one of the largest chemical portal sites in Japan. At the end of last year, the results of a joint research project with Uchiyama Laboratory of the University of Tokyo, in which Assistant Prof. Hajime Sato is the first and corresponding author, were published on Journal of the American Chemical Society (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2020, 142, 19830–19834.). This interview is about this paper.
Interview article: The mystery of biosynthesis of brasilane-type skeletons revealed by the combination of theoretical chemistry and experimental science: https://www.chem-station.com/blog/2021/03/dft.html
Some of the sesquiterpene compounds are known to have the structure called “brasilane-type skeleton”. However, how the brasilane-type skeleton is biosynthesized in plants and microorganisms has been a mystery for more than 40 years. Assistant Prof. Hajime Sato et al. have solved this mystery by combining quantum chemical calculations with experimental science. (For more details, please refer to the interview article.)
The Sato Laboratory is engaged in research to unravel the mysteries of natural products using the three tools; computational chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and biochemistry. If you are interested in our research, please visit our HP.
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