Katsuhiko Murakami received his Ph.D. degree in genetics from the Graduate University of Advanced Studies in Japan in 1997. He engaged in postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Genetics in Japan from 1997 to 1998 and at the Rockefeller University from 1998 to 2003. Then, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, as an Assistant Professor during the period of 2003 to 2009 and as an Associate Professor since 2009. His major contribution to biomedical research involves applying structural biology (X-ray crystallography) toward understanding how the genetic information is transcribed into RNA. As an independent investigator at the Penn State University since 2003, his laboratory has been studying transcription in bacteriophage N4 (Murakami et al., PNAS, 2008; Gleghorn et al., Mol Cell, 2008) and Archaea (Hirata et al., Nature, 2008) as model systems for single subunit and cellular RNAPs, respectively. To complement the X-ray crystallographic studies, his laboratory is also investigating archaeal transcription and regulation using genetic and biochemical approaches (Hirata et al., Molecular Microbiology, 2008).
Biography Updated on 24 July 2009