Biophysical Reviews

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 131–136 | Cite as

Forty years of research on the assembly and infection process of bacteriophage

  • Fumio Arisaka
Letter to the Editor


This short biographical note was written as part of the lead-in material for a festschrift kindly organized for me on the occasion of my 70th birthday. The collection of articles assembled in this issue range within the spectrum of the topics covered in the special issue ‘Multiscale structural biology—biophysical principles and practice ranging from biomolecules to bionanomachines.’ Here I describe some of the high points of my 40 years of research science conducted in the USA, Switzerland and Japan. I also use this opportunity to express my sincerest thanks to my former colleagues and the very many contributors who so kindly contributed to this special issue.



My mentors, Koscak Maruyama, Haruhiko Noda, Ken E. Van Holde and Jurgen Engel had a tremendous influence on the direction of my research. Encounters with a number of eminent scientists, including Michael G. Rossmann, Allen P. Minton, Peter Schuck, Fred Eiserling, Betty Kutter and others, provided me with great scientific benefits through discussions and collaborations. I would also like to greatly acknowledge the efforts of many former students in our laboratory.

Thanks also goes to Damien Hall, Haruki Nakamura and Jun-ichi Takagi for their efforts in materializing this special issue.

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Conflict of interest

Fumio Arisaka declares that he has no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan

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