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Naoto Hori

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science



Dr Naoto Hori is an Assistant Professor of Computational Biophysics in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Naoto received his BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Kobe University. After a year's experience working as a software engineer in a company, he worked at Kyoto University, where he obtained his PhD in Biophysics under the supervision of Prof. Shoji Takada. While a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Dave Thirumalai at the University of Maryland and the University of Texas at Austin, Naoto investigated RNA folding and misfolding mechanisms using molecular simulations.

Since joining the University of Nottingham as an independent Nottingham Research Fellow in 2020, he has focused on computational modelling to investigate the complex, heterogeneous structures of long RNA molecules and their therapeutic potential. Passionate about the field, Naoto aims to contribute to a broader understanding of RNA biology and develop new approaches to RNA therapeutics using high-performance computing and unique molecular simulation models.

Academic & Professional Experience


  • 2013, Ph.D. in Biophysics, Kyoto University (Prof. Takada's lab.)
  • 2008, M.Sc. in Chemistry, Kobe University
  • 2006, B.Sc. in Chemistry, Kobe University

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