- RIKEN CSRS Plant Immunity Research Group     


Ken Shirasu

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ORCID: 0000-0002-0349-3870

Deputy Director 
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku,
Yokohama 230-0045, Japan
E-mail: ken.shirasu(at)riken.jp
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Adjunct Professor  Tokyo Univ HP
Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate School of Science/Faculty of Science
The University of Tokyo


1993: Ph.D. in Genetics, University of California, Davis, USA
1988: B.A. in Agricultural Chemistry, The University of Tokyo, Japan


2020-: Deputy Director, RIKEN CSRS, JAPAN.
2006- Group Director, RIKEN, JAPAN.
2000-2006: Group Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, UK
1996-2000: Research Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, UK
1993-1996: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Salk Institute / Noble Foundation, USA


2008: Adjunct Professor, The University of Tokyo
2002: Visiting Lectures, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge


2021: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Awards for Science and Technology, Research Category: Research on plant-pathogen interactions
2014-2021: Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters
2011: Kihara Memorial Foundation Academic Award


2015-2018: Editor, New Phytologist
2011-2018: Editorial Board, Scientific Reports
2011-: Editorail Board, Frontiers
2009-: Editorial Board,Current Opinion in Plant Biology
2010-2015: Senior Editor, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions
2006-2012: Editor, Molecular Genetics and Genomics
2008-2011: Editor, Plant and Cell Physiology
2009-2011: Editorial Board, Molecular Plant Pathology
2003-2008: Senior Editor, Molecular Plant Pathology


2012-2016: Director, International Society for Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions
2012-2013: Chair of International Committee, The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologist


2018: Organizer, Keystone Symposium, Plant Signaling: Molecular Pathways and Network Integration, , Tahoe City, California, January 21 – 25, 2018.
2014: UK-Japan workshop “Rhizosphere interactions towards global food security”
2013: Organizer Keystone Meeting - Plant Immunity: Pathways and Translation
2013: Local Organizing Comittee XV IS-MPMI Kyoto