Akio Kitao


Akio Kitao


Computational BiologyBiophysicsTheoretical Chemistry


Awarded B.Sc, M.Sc, & D.Sc. from Kyoto University mentored by Profs Nobuhiro Go and Fumio Hirata. 1993-2002 Assistant Professor, Kyoto University, 1998-1999 Monbusho-Aided Research Fellow at Gerhard Wagner Group, Harvard Medical School, 2002-2003 Research Scientist, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, 2003-2017 Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, 2017-Present Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Research Area: Computational Biology, Biophysics, Theoretical Chemistry.

Expectations for WRHI

I would expect international collaborations in broad research areas through WRHI.


Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, The University of Tokyo


Research Scientist、Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute


Monbusho-Aided Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School


Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University


Dissociation process of a MDM2/p53 complex investigated by parallel cascade selection molecular dynamics and the Markov state model. DP Tran, A Kitao, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 123 (11), 2469-2478 (2019).


Gate-controlled proton diffusion and protonation-induced ratchet motion in the stator of the bacterial flagellar motor. Y Nishihara, A Kitao, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (25), 7737-7742 (2015).


Parallel cascade selection molecular dynamics (PaCS-MD) to generate conformational transition pathway. R Harada, A Kitao. The Journal of chemical physics 139 (3), 035103 (2013).


Screw motion regulates multiple functions of T4 phage protein gene product 5 during cell puncturing. W Nishima, S Kanamaru, F Arisaka, A Kitao, Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (34), 13571-13576 (2011).


Principal component analysis of native ensembles of biomolecular structures (PCA_NEST): insights into functional dynamics. LW Yang, E Eyal, I Bahar, A Kitao, Bioinformatics 25 (5), 606-614 (2009).


Switch interactions control energy frustration and multiple flagellar filament structures. A Kitao, K Yonekura, S Maki-Yonekura, FA Samatey, K Imada, K Namba, N Go, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (13), 4894-4899 (2006).


Energy landscape of a native protein: Jumping‐among‐minima model. A Kitao, S Hayward, N Go, Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics 33 (4), 496-517 (1998).


The effects of solvent on the conformation and the collective motions of protein: normal mode analysis and molecular dynamics simulations of melittin in water and in vacuum. A Kitao, F Hirata, N Gō, Chemical physics 158 (2-3), 447-472 (1991).