Buzas Diana Mihaela

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Buzas Diana Mihaela
University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Sep 1999
Dec 1999
Visiting Scientist, Durham University
Jul 1998
Oct 1998
Research Scientist, Biochemistry Institute, Romanian Academy
Oct 2000
Aug 2001
Visiting Scientist, The University of Queensland
Mar 2004
Jun 2004
Teaching assistant (Molecular Genetics), The University of Queensland
Sep 2005
Dec 2005
Research Officer, Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, The University of Queensland


Aug 2002
Jun 2006
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
Sep 1995
Jun 2000
Horticulture, Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (Bucharest, Romania)

Awards & Honors

Sep 2017
GGS prize 2017, The Genetics Sociaty of Japan
Winner: Haruki Nishio;Diana Mihaela Buzas;Atsushi J nagano; Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Motomi Ito, Shin -Ichi Morinaga, Hiroshi Kudoh
Sep 2012
Recipient of the Best Paper Special Recognition Award, Best Paper Special Recognition Award 2012 (The 84th Annual Meeting of Genetics Society of Japan, September 24-26, Fukuoka)

Published Papers

Mutants in the Fe-S biogenesis component AtDRE2 develop twin embryos and are defective in DNA demethylation in the vegetative phase
Buzas Diana, Mihaela;Kinoshita, Test
Molecular Life      Jun 2018   [Refereed]
Iron is assembled inside cells into cofactors, essential for biological functions. Two types of cofactors, iron sulfur clusters and diferric tyrosyl radicals, share a conserved assembly complex containing the DRE2 enzyme, essential for cell viabil...
Buzas Diana,Mihaela
Plant cell Physiology   58(8) 1302-1312   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
Plants are eukaryotes living mostly immotile in harsh environments. On occasion, it is beneficial for their survival to maintain a transcriptional response to an environmental stress longer than the stress lasts (transcriptional memory) and even t...
Ecological study of epigenetic memory of winter in crucifers
Buzas Diana,Mihaela
京都大学生態学研究センター Newsletter No. 133      Jul 2016
Buzas,Diana Mihaela;木下,哲
生物資源ゲノム解析拠点ニュースレター No.3      2015
Long-distance signaling in nodulation directed by a CLAVATA1-like receptor kinase
Searle,IR;Men,AE;Laniya,TS;Buzas,Diana Mihaela;Iturbe-Ormaetxe,I;Carroll,BJ;et,al.
Science      Jan 2003   [Refereed]

Books etc

CAB international Nitrogen fixation
Gressfoff,PM;Stiller,J;Maguire,T;Lohar,D;Ayanru,S;Buzas,Diana Mihaela;Habamunga,S;Smith,L;Carroll,B;Searle,I;Lightfoot,D;Grommind,S (Part:Contributor, Integrated functional genomics to define the plant’s function in symbiotic nodulation)
International Congress of Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions
Gresshoff,PM;Buzas,Diana Mihaela;Titeki,Laniya;Artem,Men;Qunyi,Jiang;Peer,Schenk;et,al (Part:Contributor, Systemic regulation of nodulation by a leaf-controlled LRR-receptor kinase)

Conference Activities & Talks

Vernalization upstream and downstream of FLC: from annuals to perennials and from lab to field
Buzas Diana,Mihaela
Plant Epigenetics Consortium in Japan- second biannual meeting   
Quantitative and priming memory of cold at Vernalization Insensitive locus 3 [Invited]
Buzas Diana,Mihaela
International Symposium on Environmental Stress Adaptation & Memory in Plants   27 Feb 2017   
Uncovering biological roles of AtDRE2 as a cytosolic iron-sulfur biogenesis component and beyond
Buzas Diana,Mihaela
The Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Responses   29 Nov 2016   理化学研究所環境資源研究センター
35S::GUS gene expression in independent transgenic lines of Lotus japonicus
Buzas,Diana Mihaela;Ion,Nicolae;Peter,Gresshoff;Simona,Radutoiu
XXIX Annual Meeting of European Society for New Methods in Agricultural Research   1999   University of London
A promoter trap jumps into the ENOD40 spotlight; Second European Conference on model legumes
Buzas,Diana Mihaela;Peter,Gresshoff;Dasharath,Lohar;Shusei,Sato;Satoshi,Tabata;Jiri,Stiller
Max Planck Institute Conference Berlin   2001   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

3rd Meeting of the Plant Epigenetic Consortium in Japan
Project Year: Aug 2019 - Aug 2019
The DNA elements of vernalization insensitive gene 3 for quantitative and priming memory of cold
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: 
Project Year: 2016 - 2017    Investigator(s): Buzas Diana Mihaela
Role of a novel DNA demethylation enzyme in epigenetic memory
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Kakenhi, WAKATE B
Project Year: 2015 - 2017    Investigator(s): Buzas Diana Mihaela


Reviewer for Scientific Reports, Plant Cell, PLOS Genetics, Biologia Planetarium, Journal of Plant Physiology etc