Keiko U. Torii

Harnessing synthetic chemistry to understand and manipulate plant development
Department of Biology, University of Washington, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Institute of Transformative Biomolecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University


Keiko Torii grew up in Yokohama, Japan and Scarsdale, NY, USA. She received BS, MS, and PhD from University of Tsukuba, Japan. Since 2000, she is at University of Washington, where she is currently Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Distinguished Professor of Biology. She studies cell-cell interactions specifying stem cell differentiation, tissue patterning and organogenesis in plants, with specific emphasis on stomatal development. Since 2013, she is also leading a research group at the Institute of Transformative Biomolecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University, Japan, where her group takes chemical and synthetic approaches to understand and manipulate hormone signaling in plants. She is the winner of 2015 Saruhashi Prize, and is a Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Sciences) and ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists). Starting Fall 2019, Torii will relocate her group to the University of Texas at Austin.