Academic Staff and Fellows

Yoshitaka SAGA
Professor Doctor of Engineering
Department/Science  Graduate school/Science

Elucidating the mechanisms underlying biological phenomena that involve light, such as photosynthesis, at the molecular level. Also, contributing to the advancement of the chemistry of living processes, whose practical application is anticipated in developing nanomaterials that will solve energy and environmental issues.

Elucidation of photosynthetic mechanism at the molecular level

Research Area Photobiological Chemistry
Research Interests (1)Biochemical and Biophysical Studies on Structure-Function Relationship of Photosynthetic Supramolecules
(2)Development of Artificial Photosynthetic Systems Using Photosynthetic Pigment Organization
(3)Biochemical Study on Metabolisms of Photosynthetic Pigments
(4)Utilization of biomass by photochemical methodology
Selected Publications (1) Y. Saga, K. Hirota, S. Matsui, H. Asakawa, H. Ishikita, K. Saito
Selective Removal of B800 Bacteriochlorophyll a in Light-harvesting Complex 2 from the Purple Photosynthetic Bacterium Phaeospirillum molischianum
Biochemistry 57, 3075–3083 (2018).
(2) Y. Saga, K. Miyagi
Characterization of 3-Acetyl Chlorophyll a and 3-Acetyl Protochlorophyll a Accommodated in the B800 Binding Sites in Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Complex 2 in the Puple Photosynthetic Bacterium Rhodoblastus acidophilus
Photochem. Photobiol. 94, 698–704 (2018).
(3) Y. Saga, M. Yamashita, M. Imanishi, Y. Kimura
Reconstitution of Chlorophyll d into the Bacterial Photosynthetic Light-harvesting Protein LH2
Chemistry Letters 47, 1071–1074 (2018).
Research and Achievements
(Undergraduate Course)
The University of Tokyo
(Master's/Doctral Course)
The University of Tokyo

Biological Chemistry Laboratory

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Academic Staff and Fellows