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Jin-zhong Xiao

Jin-zhong Xiao

He is the General Manager of Next Generation Science Institute, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. 

Short Biography
He Graduated from Southern China Agriculture University, China, in 1984 and finished his PhD course at Nagoya University, Japan, in 1991. After his research careers at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and RIKEN, Japan, he joined Morinaga Milk Industry in 1995. He has carried out many projects of probiotics at R&D center and published over 50 articles in the related area. He has carried out many projects in the basic and functional researches of bifidobacteria and the development of yogurt.  

Current research: 
Microbiota and health, basic and functional aspects of bifidobacteria

2013, JSBBA Award for Achievement in Technological Research of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry
2015, Fellow of Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry
2016, Society Award of Japanese Dairy Science Association


  1. Kobayashi Y, Sugahara H, Shimada K, Mitsuyama E, Kuhara T, Yasuoka A, Kondo T, Abe K, Xiao JZ. Therapeutic potential of Bifidobacterium breve strain A1 for preventing cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease. Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 18;7(1):13510. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13368-2. PMID: 29044140
  2. Wong CB, Sugahara H, Odamaki T, Xiao JZ. Different physiological properties of human-residential and non-human-residential bifidobacteria in human health. Benef Microbes. 2017 Oct 3:1-12. doi: 10.3920/BM2017.0031. PMID: 28969444
  3. Sugahara H, Okai S, Odamaki T, Wong CB, Kato K, Mitsuyama E, Xiao JZ, Shinkura R. Decreased Taxon-Specific IgA Response in Relation to the Changes of Gut Microbiota Composition in the Elderly. Front Microbiol. 2017 Sep 12;8:1757. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01757. PMID: 28955323 Free PMC Article
  4. Kato K, Odamaki T, Mitsuyama E, Sugahara H, Xiao JZ, Osawa R. Age-Related Changes in the Composition of Gut Bifidobacterium Species. Curr Microbiol. 2017 Aug;74(8):987-995. doi: 10.1007/s00284-017-1272-4. PMID: 28593350 Free PMC Article
  5. Sakurai T, Hashikura N, Minami J, Yamada A, Odamaki T, Xiao JZ. Tolerance mechanisms of human-residential bifidobacteria against lysozyme. Anaerobe. 2017 Oct;47:104-110. doi: 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2017.05.001. PMID: 28478277
  6. Sugahara H, Yao R, Odamaki T, Xiao JZ. Differences between live and heat-killed bifidobacteria in the regulation of immune function and the intestinal environment. Benef Microbes. 2017 May 30;8(3):463-472. doi: 10.3920/BM2016.0158. PMID: 28441886
  7. Odamaki T, Kato K, Sugahara H, Hashikura N, Takahashi S, Xiao JZ, Abe F, Osawa R. Age-related changes in gut microbiota composition from newborn to centenarian: a cross-sectional study. BMC Microbiol. 2016 May 25;16:90. doi: 10.1186/s12866-016-0708-5. PMID: 27220822
  8. Mizuta M, Endo I, Yamamoto S, Inokawa H, Kubo M, Udaka T, Sogabe O, Maeda H, Shirakawa K, Okazaki E, Odamaki T, Abe F, Xiao JZ.  Perioperative Supplementation with Bifidobacteria Improves Postoperative Nutritional Recovery, Inflammatory Response and Fecal Microbiota in Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery: a Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial. Biosci Microbiota Food Health. 2016;35(2):77-87. doi: 10.12938/bmfh.2015-017. Epub 2015 Dec 9. PMID: 27200261.
  9. Odamaki T, Kato K, Sugahara H, Xiao JZ, Abe F, Benno Y. Effect of probiotic yoghurt on animal-based diet-induced change in gut microbiota: an open, randomised, parallel-group study. Benef Microbes. 2016 May 2:1-12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27133564
  10. Sugahara H, Odamaki T, Hashikura N, Abe F, Xiao JZ. Differences in folate production by bifidobacteria of different origins. Biosci Microbiota Food Health. 2015;34(4):87-93. doi: 10.12938/bmfh.2015-003. Epub 2015 Aug 5. PMID: 26594608