Dr. Makoto TaijiDirector, Computational Biology Core, Quantitative Biology Center, RIKEN
Dr. Makoto Taiji is a Director of Computational Biology Research Core, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center founded in 2011. He also has the other posts as Team Leader of High-Performance Computing Team, RIKEN Computational Science Research Program, and Team Leader of Processor Research Team, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Sciences. Previously he was a Deputy Project Director of Computational and Experimental Systems Biology Group, RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center.
His research interests cover computer science and computational science, especially computational biology. He developed several special-purpose computers for scientific simulations. In 2006 he developed “MDGRAPE-3”, a special-purpose computer for molecular dynamics simulation with world-top-class performance. He was awarded three Gordon Bell Prizes in 1995, 2006 and 2009. Currently he is developing the next-generation special-purpose computer for molecular dynamics simulations, “MDGRAPE-4”. He also applies molecular simulations using the K computer and his machine to molecular biophysics including drug discovery research. He is also conducting optimization of software in life sciences for the K computer.
Dr. Taiji was born in Tokyo in 1964. He was educated in University Tokyo and received a PhD in physics there. He was an Assistant Professor of University of Tokyo from 1992 and was an Associate Professor of Institute of Statistical Mathematics from 1997, before joining RIKEN in 2002.