Personal Fact Sheet for Kenta Nakai

last updated: August 30, 2010

Date and Place of Birth:August 26, 1963; Osaka, Japan
Got PhD degree in:1992 at Kyoto University
Working at IMSUT since:1999 (as an; professor since 2003)
Basic research interest: Developing computational methods for interpreting genome sequences
My most popular papers are:
  • Nakai & Kanehisa, Genomics 14, 897-911 (1992): about the first version of PSORT (1111 times cited),
  • Nakai & Horton, TiBS 24, 34-35 (1999) (1102 times cited),
  • Nakai & Kanehisa, Proteins11, 95-11 (1991) (419 times)
Some of my favorite literary works (authors):
  • The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky),
  • The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck),
  • The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann),
  • The d´Artagnan Romances (Alexandre Dumas, perè),
Some of my favorite novels (translated):
  • The Honourable Schoolboy (John Le Carré),
  • Calamity Town (Ellery Queen),
  • The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler),
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, jr),
  • The Hornblower series (C. S. Forester)
Some of my favorite Japanese authors:
  • Hideo Kobayashi,
  • Hidekazu Yoshida,
  • Kaoru Takamura,
  • Ryo Hara
Some of my favorite paperbacks (authors):
  • Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer),
  • The Pelican Brief (John Grisham),
  • Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton),
  • Hannibal (Thomas Harris),
  • The Deceiver (Frederick Forsyth),
  • The Green Mile (Stephen King),
  • The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
Some of my favorite movies (directors):
  • Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming),
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan),
  • 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet),
  • The Third Man (Carol Reed),
  • Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle),
  • Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock),
  • Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean),
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick),
  • The Damned (Luchino Visconti),
  • The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppla),
  • The Sting (George Roy Hill),
  • The Last Emperor (Berbardi Bertolucci),
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki)
Some of my favorite composers (a representative work):
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (the six sonatas and partitas for violin, BWV 1001-1006)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op.111)
  • Johannes Brahms (String Quintet No. 2 in G major ("Prater"), op.111)
  • Franz Schubert (Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D.959)
  • Anton Bruckner (Symphony No. 9 in D minor)
  • Antoníin Dvořák (String Quarted No. 12 in F. ("the American"), op.96)
  • Gustav Mahler (Symphony No. 9 in D major)
  • G. Fauré (Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115)
  • Maurice Ravel (Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67)
Some of my favorite painters:
  • Paul Klee,
  • Georges Braque,
  • Gustav Klimt,
  • Claude Monet,
  • Henri Matisse,
  • J. M. W. Turner,
  • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn,
  • André Derain,
  • Georges Rouault,
  • Taikan Yokoyama
Some of my favorite French restaurants:
  • L'osier
  • Joël Robuchon,
  • Quintessence
  • Aimée Vibert,
  • Édition Koji Shimomura
  • L´Assiette Blanche,
  • Mona Lisa (Ebisu),
  • Aladdin,
  • Petit Point,
  • chez tomo,
  • Ohara's
  • Tateru Yoshino (Shiba)
  • Cuisine(s) Michel Troisgros
  • Hôtel de Mikuni