Professor SHI Yigong



Professor SHI Yigong (施一公)is a University Professor and Dean of the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with highest honor from Tsinghua University in 1989 and Ph.D. in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1995. He performed his post-doctoral research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He joined Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2003. He was named the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University in 2007. Dr. Shi declined an offer as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and returned to Tsinghua University in 2008.




Dr. Shi’s research has provided unprecedented insights into programmed cell death, protein phosphatase 2A, and regulated intramembrane proteolysis. His pioneering research on caspase activation, inhibition, and derepression markedly advanced mechanistic understanding of programmed cell death. He is a leader in the structural biology of cell signaling and macromolecular assemblies. He was a Searle Scholar and a Rita Allen Scholar. He authored more than 120 research papers, including 33 in Cell, Nature, and Science.



For his research contributions, Dr. Shi received a number of recognitions, including the 2003 Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society and the 2010 Sackler Prize in Biophysics. Dr. Shi is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2009, and elected as a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.



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