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Keiko Torii

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1987B.S.; University of Tsukuba (Biological Sciences)
1989M.S.; University of Tsukuba (Biological Sciences)
1993Ph.D.; University of Tsukuba (Biological Sciences; Biochemistry and Biophysics)
1992-1994JSPS Research Fellow; The University of Tokyo
1994-1997JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad and Brown Postdoctoral Fellow; Yale University, USA
1997-1999Postdoctoral Fellow; University of Michigan, USA
1999-2005Assistant Professor; University of Washington, USA
2005-2009Associate Professor; University of Washington, USA
2008-2012JST PRESTO Researcher
2009-presentProfessor, University of Washington; USA
2011-presentDistinguished Professor of Biology; University of Washington, USA
2011-presentInvestigator; Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (HHMI-GBMF)
2013-presentVisiting Professor; WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University

Keiko Torii (49) University of Washington, USA
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Plant development, cell-cell communication, peptides, receptor kinase, stomata

Through being selected as an HHMI-GBMF investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Torii has been recognized as one of "the 15 most innovative plant scientists in the US". Torii has elucidated the molecular and genetic basis of cell-cell communication and dynamics of cellular behaviors that coordinate plant organ morphogenesis and tissue patterning. She has also identified two peptides, EPFL4 and EPFL6, that act as ligands for receptor kinases to promote plant growth. She will be involved mainly in the development of molecules that selectively induce plant growth as well as the bio-imaging project, collaborating with the groups of Higashiyama, Kinoshita, Itami, Yamaguchi, and Irle.

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