Shin-ichiro Imai, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Developmental Biology and Medicine



1989                          M.D., Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

                                      License of Physician, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan

1995                          Ph.D., Keio University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

                                      Thesis Title: The mechanism of cellular aging and immortalization


1997-2001               Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate, Laboratory of Dr. Leonard Guarente,                                                       Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

                                       Analysis of yeast and mouse Sir2 functions in aging


                                                                                                                                                                                      7/2001-6/2008           Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                            Department of Developmental Biology                                                                                                                  (Formerly, Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology)                                                             Department of Medicine (Joint)                                                                                                                                 Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

7/2008-4/2013           Associate Professor (tenured since October 2008)                                                                                               Department of Developmental Biology                                                                                                                               Department of Medicine (Joint)                                                                                                                                               Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

5/2013-present         Professor                                                                                                                                                                                Department of Developmental Biology                                                                                                                               Department of Medicine (Joint)                                                                                                                                               Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

3/2017-present         Invited Chief Scientist, Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation,                                             Kobe, Japan

10/2017-present      Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Project for                                                             Elucidating and Controlling Mechanisms of Aging and Longevity,                                                             Tokyo, Japan

HONORS AND AWARDS                                                                                                                                       

1990-1991       Predoctoral Award from Keio University School of Medicine

1995                   Award of Keio Medical School Alumni Association

1996                   Keio University Sakaguchi-Memorial Medical Science Fund

1996                   The American Society for Cell Biology/Glenn Foundation Award

1997-1999       The Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowship

2000                   Medal from the Tokyo Society of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine,                                            Tokyo University, Japan

2001-2004        Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Special Fellowship

2002                   Washington University Center for Aging Pilot Project Award

2003-2007       The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award

2005-2007       Washington University Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (CNRU) Pilot & Feasibility                                Award

2006                   Special Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring in the Seventh Annual                                                    Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards

2006-2008       The American Diabetes Association Innovation Award

2006-2007       The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Innovation Award

2007-2008       The Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging

2007                   WUSM 2008 Distinguished Investigator Award

2008-2010       The Longer Life Foundation Pilot & Feasibility Award

2008-2012       The Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award

2013                   Vincent J. Cristofalo, PhD, Annual Lectureship, Institute on Aging,                                                              University of Pennsylvania

2016                   Keynote Lecture, “The PARP Family and ADP-ribosylation”, Cold Spring Harbor                                    Laboratory Meeting, New York.

2016                   Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

2016                   The Most Influential 100 People for JAPAN 2017, Nikkei Business

2020                   International Okamoto Awardee, Japan Research Foundation for Healthy Aging

EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                                         

2006-present         Supervising Editor, Aging Cell (Blackwell Publishing)

2011-present         Faculty of 1000, Aging section

2014-2016               Associate Editor, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease (Springer Nature)

2016-2019               Co-Editor-in-Chief, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease (Springer Nature)

2019-present         Editor-in-Chief, npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease (Springer Nature)