PEAK Staff Profile

Hideaki Kato,
Associate Professor – Environmental Sciences

Contact : c-hekato[at]


画像 Hideaki Kato earned his Ph.D. in biophysics and biochemistry from the University of Tokyo in 2014. Following a 5-year postdoc at Stanford University under the supervision of Brian Kobilka, he established his own lab at the University of Tokyo in 2019. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in both the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Tokyo.

Research Interests

His current research interests encompass structural biology, protein engineering, drug development, optogenetics, and magnetogenetics.
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Selected Publications

  1. Tajima et al., Structural basis for ion selectivity in potassium-selective channelrhodopsins. Accepted in Cell (2023)
  2. Kishi et al., Structural basis for channel conduction in the pump-like channelrhodopsin ChRmine. Cell 185, 672-689 (2022)
  3. Kato et al., Conformational transitions of a neurotensin receptor 1-Gi1 protein complex. Nature 572, 80-85 (2019)
  4. Kato* and Kim* et al., Structural mechanisms of selectivity and gating in anion channelrhodopsins. Nature 561, 349-354 (2018)
  5. Kim* and Kato* et al., Crystal structure of a natural anion-conducting channelrhodopsin GtACR1. Nature 561, 343-348 (2018)
  6. Kato et al., Structural basis for Na+ transport mechanism by a light-driven Na+ pump. Nature 521, 48-53 (2015)
  7. Kato et al., Crystal structure of the channelrhodopsin light-gated cation channel. Nature 482, 369-74 (2012)