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Researcher's Profile

Professor

Hiroshi ISHIKITA

Theoretical chemistry

E-mail: hiro.appchem.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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Tel: 03-5452-5056

FAX: 03-5452-5083

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Biography

2000.03
Chemistry and Biotechnology, Master of Engineering, The University of Tokyo(UTokyo)
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2005.11
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. Nat.), Free University of Berlin
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2005.12
Postdoctoral Researcher, The Pennsylvania State University
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2006.12
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California
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2007.04
JSPS Researcher for abroad
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2008.04
Assistant Professor, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, UTokyo
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2009.01
Assistant professor (tenure-track ), Kyoto University
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2009.10
PRESTO Researcher, JST
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2013.04
Lecturer, Kyoto University
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2013.07
Professor, Osaka University
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2014.04
Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry School of Engineering, UTokyo
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2014.07
Professor, RCAST, UTokyo

Research Interests

Proteins are composed of amino acid residues, and they function as catalyst, transporter, sensor, antibodies, etc. You might possibly think that it is hard to understand protein functions on the basis of their apparently complicated molecular structures. On the other hand, protein functions should be able to be explained solely by basic molecular chemistry as long as they are molecules.“The shape of a protein molecule can determine the function of the protein molecule” - keeping this in mind, we clarify protein functions by using protein crystal structures and theoretical approaches. Just computing is not scientifically significant. Our challenge is to deduce commonly important messages in protein science, by analyzing target proteins.

Target: water-splitting reaction in O2-evolving Photosystem II (for designing future artificial photosynthesis systems), long-distance electron transfer/proton transfer reactions in protein environments, enzymatic reactions, etc.


Keywords

protein, artificial photosynthesis, biophysics

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