(photographs by Itaru Hirama)
Daisuke Kihara is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1994 and a Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University, Japan in 1999, under supervision by Professor Minoru Kanehisa. After studying as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Jeffrey Skolnick he joined Purdue University in 2003. He was promoted to full professor in 2014. He has been working on algorithm and software development in broad topics in protein bioinformatics including molecular structure modeling from cryo-electron microscopy density maps, protein-protein docking, protein tertiary structure prediction, protein function prediction, and computational drug design. His research projects are continuously supported by fundings including from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and industry. He has published over 220 research articles. He has served in numerous review panels of federal funding agencies of the USA and other countries, editorial boards of journals, and major bioinformatics conferences. He was named a University Faculty Scholar by Purdue University in 2013. In 2021, he was elected as a AIMBE (The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering) Fellow.