Research Interests

Dr. Mineta has been working in the field of bioinformatics and -omics studies from both experimental and computational approaches. In particular, he is now conducting the environmental omics study, and genome sequencing on the marine and harsh environmental organisms. From the viewpoint of the adaptation toward the new environments, those large-scale data is good candidates for further industrial and scientific applications. His research backgrounds are agricultural chemistry and genetics, and his research interests are in the following research field and related topics; Environmental bioinformatics, Population genomics, Metagenomics, Functional genomics and transcriptomics,  biological sensors, Evolution of brain, Evolution of the sensory system.


Selected Publications

  • Challenges and opportunities of airborne metagenomics
    H. Behzad, T. Gojobori, K. Mineta
    Genome Biol. Evol., volume 7, issue 5, pp. 1216-1226, (2015)
  • Population genetics of non-genetic traits: a role of stochasticity in gene expression profiles
    K. Mineta, T. Matsumoto, N. Osada, H. Araki
    GENE, 562, 16-21, (2015)
  • Claudin-21 has a paracellular channel role at tight junctions
    H. Tanaka, Y. Yamamoto, H. Kashihara, Y. Yamazaki, K. Tani, Y. Fujiyoshi, K. Mineta, K. Ta...
    Mol Cell Biol, 36(6), pp. 954-964, (2016)
  • DESM: Portal for microbial knowledge exploration systems
    A. Salhi, M. Essack, A. Radovanovic, B. Marchand, S. Bougouffa, A. Antunes, M. Simões, F. ...
    Nucleic Acids Res, 44(D1), D624-D633, (2016)
  • FARNA: knowledgebase of inferred functions of non-coding RNA transcripts
    T.Alam, M. Uludag, M. Essack, A. Salhi, H. Ashoor, J.B. Hanks, C. Kapfer, K. Mineta, T. Go...
    Nucleic Acids Research, (2016)
  • Databases of the marine metagenomics
    K. Mineta, T. Gojobori
    Gene 56(2), 724-728., (2016)
  • Marine Metagenome as a Resource for Novel Enzymes. Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
    A. D. Alma’abadi, T. Gojobori, K. Mineta
    Proteomics & Bioinformatics, 13(5):290295, (2015)
  • Metagenomic studies of the Red Sea
    H. Behzad, M. A. Ibarra, K. Mineta, T. Gojobori
    Gene 56(2), 717-723, (2016)
  • The four-transmembrane protein IP39 of Euglena forms strands by a trimeric unit repeat
    7. H. Suzuki, Y. Ito, Y. Yamazaki, K. Mineta, M. Uji, K. Abe, K. Tani, Y. Fujiyoshi and S....
    Nature Comm. 4:1766., (2013)
  • An individual-based diploid model predicts limited conditions under which stochastic gene expression becomes advant...
    T. Matsumoto, K. Mineta, N. Osada, H. Araki
    Front. Genet. 6:336, (2015)

Education Profile

  • 2002  Ph.D. from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Japan
  • 1999  M.S. (Agricultural Science) from Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,  The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1997  B.S. (Agricultural Science) from Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-Present   Senior Research Scientist King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA
  • 2004-2014     Associate Professor (Full time and Tenured) Hokkaido University, JAPAN
  • 2003-2004     Research Associate University of Chicago, USA
  • 2002-2003     Post-doctoral Research Scientist Japan Science and Technology Agency, JAPAN

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)
  • Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan
  • Genetics Society of Japan
  • Molecular Biology Society of Japan

KAUST Affiliations