Professor – Department of Computer Science, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
Dr. 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 the B.S. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University, Japan in 1999. After studying as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Jeffrey Skolnick he joined Purdue University in 2003. He was promoted to full professor in 2014. From 2018, he holds an adjunct professor position at Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. He has been working in various topics in protein bioinformatics. His current research projects the developments of algorithms for protein-protein docking, protein tertiary structure prediction, structure modeling from low-resolution image data, structure- and sequence-based protein function prediction, and computational drug design. He has published over 150 research papers and book chapters. His research projects have been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and industry. He has served on the program committee of various bioinformatics conferences including the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) where he is a track chair in 2019. In 2013, he was named a University Faculty Scholar by Purdue University.