Kaoru Yoshida

For its industrialization and urbanization, the modern society is now facing several critical issues, including environmental disruption, resource exhaustion, and food crisis that all seemingly attribute to the loss of balance in the circulation system. Tracing the history of the earth back to the ancient time when life first appeared, we learn how early organisms, such as photosynthetic bacteria, made the planet livable for the ones that followed. No organisms are either complete by themselves or unchanging throughout their lives. They need to complement each other and continuously evolve, so that the entire system stays in balance. I have been studying the molecular mechanism of life as part of this parasitic/symbiotic complex from the viewpoint of the global cycle of nature. Pursuing my special interest in the microbes and other organisms that sustain the food chain at the bottom, I use a multidisciplinary approach ranging from computer science to molecular biology, integrating knowledge from East and West.

One Health / East Meets West / Nutrition & Health

Selected Publications

Kaoru Yoshida (2018) Unveiling the architecture and evolution of microbial genomes from their homologous sequences. Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2018 (SMBE 2018), July 8-12, 2018, Yokohama, Japan. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida (2018) Compositional diversity of Traditional Chinese Medicine Ge-Gen-Tang. 14th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society 2018 (Metabolomics 2018), June 24-28, 2018, Seattle, WA, USA. (oral)

Kaoru Yoshida (2017) Identification, classification and visualization of food compositions. 12th International Food Data Conference, October 11-13, 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (keynote speech)

Kaoru Yoshida (2017) Metabolomics with Categorical Mapper for composition analysis of natural products. 12th International Food Data Conference, October 11-13, 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida (2017) Comparative metabolomics of saffron from different countries, farming methods and food/drug classes. 3rd IMEKOFOODS (Metrology Promoting Standardization and Harmonization in Food and Nutrition), October 1-4, 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida (2016) Understanding Ayurvedic food incompatibility through TCM and food compositions. 6th International Conference on Food Studies, October 12-13, Berkeley, CA, USA. (oral)

Kaoru Yoshida (2016) The architecture and evolution of a fission yeast genome revealed from itself. Cell Symposia “Technology. Biology. Data Science.”, October 9-11, Berkeley, CA, USA. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida (2015) Categorical mapping of food compositions. 11th International Food Data Conference, November 3-5, 2015, Hyderabad, India. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida (2015) Transition-sensitive distances. NII Shonan Meeting “Dimensionality and Scalability II” (ISSN-2286-7437, No.2016-9), June 29-July 2, 2015, Hayama, Japan. (oral)

Kaoru Yoshida (2014) Transition-sensitive distances. 7th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP 2014), October 29-31, Los Cabos, Mexico; Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 8821, pp.139-150. (paper)

Kaoru Yoshida and Masatoshi Funabashi (2014) Taste analysis on conventionally, organically and naturally grown cabbage. 1st IMEKOFOODS (Metrology Promoting Objective and Measurable Food Quality and Safety), October 12-15, 2014, Rome, Italy. (poster)

Kaoru Yoshida, Yuki Shimizu-Yoshida and Masatoshi Funabashi (2014) Functional and compositional characteristics of conventionally, organically and naturally grown cabbage and carrots. Fourth International Conference on Food Studies, October 20-21, 2014, Prato, Italy. (oral)

Kaoru Yoshida (2012) Genome architectural evolution of photosynthetic bacteria. 1st Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology, July 6-10, 2012, Ottawa, Canada. (poster)


Kaoru Yoshida received her BS, MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1980, 1982 and 1990, respectively. She engaged as a systems analyst in Wang Computer, Ltd., Japan in 1984, as a senior researcher in the Fifth Generation Computer Systems (FGCS) Project at ICOT (loaned from NEC, Ltd.), Japan during 1985-1990, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Human Genome Project (HGP) and the Drosophila Genome Project (DGP) at Life Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA during 1990-1993, and as a research specialist in Daniel E. Koshland Laboratory of Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley, USA during 1993-2006. Her current research focuses on nutrition and health, taking multidisciplinary and holistic approaches from computer science, biology and chemistry and integrating knowledge from East and West.

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