Masato Kato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Biochemistry


2010 – present Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern

2004 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern

1999 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Ellenberger’s group, Dept. of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

1998 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Hakoshima’s group at Dept. of Molecular Biology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology


Graduate School Osaka University - Japan (1994), Pharmaceutical Science
Graduate School "nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan" (1998)

Research Interests

  • Amyloid-like fiber
  • Biochemistry
  • Fluorescent microscopy
  • Protein-protein and protein-RNA/DNA interaction
  • RNA granules
  • RNA regulation
  • X-ray crystallography


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

Cell-free Formation of RNA Granules: Bound RNAs Identify Features and Components of Cellular Assemblies.

Han TW, Kato M, Xie S, Wu LC, Mirzaei H, Pei J, Chen M, Xie Y, Allen J, Xiao G, McKnight SL Cell 2012 May 149 4 768-79

Distinct Structural Mechanisms for Inhibition of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase Isoforms by AZD7545, Dichloroacetate and Radicicol.

Kato, M., Li, J., Chuang, J. L. and Chuang, D. T. Structure. 2007 15 992-1004

Molecular mechanism for regulation of the human mitochondrial branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex by phosphorylation.

Wynn, R. M., Kato, M., Machius, M., Chuang, J. L., Li, J., Tomchick, D. R., and Chunag, D. T. Structure 2004 12 2185-96

Three-dimensional structure of a DNA repair enzyme, 3-methyladenine DNA glycosylase II, from Escherichia coli

Yamagata, Y., Kato, M., Odawara, K., Tokuno, Y., Nakashima, Y., Matsushima, N., Yasumura, K., Tomita, K., Ihara, K., Fujii, Y., Nakabeppu, Y., Sekiguchi, M. and Fujii, S Cell 1996 86 311-318

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  • HFSP Young Investigators Award
  • 20th International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) congress Young Scientist Program
  • Uehara Memorial Foundation
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Abroad
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists