Name Toshiki NAKANO
Affiliation Associate Professor
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Research Interest Marine Biochemistry, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Fish Nutrition, Environmental Biochemistry
Career Education:Graduated from Department of Fisheries, Faculty of Agriculture, Tohoku University (1987), Graduate School of Fisheries, Tokyo University of Fisheries (present Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology) (1989), Doctor of Philosophy (Tohoku University) (1999) Research Experience:Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Tohoku University, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Visiting Scientist at The University of British Columbia, Canada, World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France, West Vancouver Laboratory, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences, Canada.
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Research Projects
  1. Evaluation of biochemical effects of environment stress on fish health
    The environmental stress due to climate change, disease, and chemicals affects catch, aquaculture productivity, and quality of fish. We reviled that most environmental stress induced in fish are oxidative stresses. These results are expected to be applied to the breeding of healthy farmed fish and the improvement of quality of farmed fish.

  2. Clarification of biologically active substances in fishery products
    Astaxanthin, one of the lipophilic pigment carotenoids, is a red source of salmon muscle, and has been shown to have the effect of improving the quality and tissue damage of fish due to stress. Nakano published a review article on a biological property of carotenoids in fish with a professor at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. In addition, peptide produced from seaweed has been found to lower and normalize blood pressure, and has been commercialized as a supplement with Riken Vitamins Co. Ltd.

  3. Development of new evaluation and processing methods related to the quality of marine products
    The new biosensor enables real-time visualization of fish stress in non-invasive conditions without blood sampling. We demonstrated the possibility of nano-level quality evaluation of marine products by visualizing marine product components non-destructively using synchrotron radiation X-ray CT at RIKEN SPring-8. We are also working on the development of processing methods and high-quality thawing methods for marine products that use new electromagnetic frequencies.