Bio

Bio


Dr. Kinya Seo's primary research focus is on the determinants of myocardial function in the normal and diseased heart toward the goal for developing new therapies for heart failure. On a technical level, he possesses an unparalleled range of skills in molecular and cell biology, biomedical engineering, and model organisms research. He received his graduate training at the University of Tokyo, where he studied cardiac mechanics, electrophysiology, and computer simulation to investigate the mechanisms of arrhythmias induced by mechanical stimuli. After he received Ph.D., he moved to Baltimore to work in the laboratory of Dr. David Kass at Johns Hopkins University. He extended his skills and expertise toward the understanding of the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure with special focus on the influence of mechanical stimuli. After postdoctoral training, he went back to Japan working at Jichi Medical University as an assistant professor, where he developed intravital imaging technologies for cardiovascular events. These skills will allow him to extend his studies from cells to organs, and to human to perform translational study for heart diseases.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Career Development Award, American Heart Association (2018)
  • Research Fellowship, Uehara Memorial Foundation (2017)
  • Medical Research Grant, Takeda Science Foundation (2016)
  • Investigator?s Research Grant, The Japan Heart Foundation (2015)
  • Research Grant, The Nakatomi Foundation (2015)
  • Sakakibara Memorial Research Grant, Japan Research Promotion Society for Cardiovascular Disease (2015)
  • Young Investigator's Research Grant, Japan Prize Foundation (2015)
  • Overseas Research Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2014)
  • The Stanley L. Blumenthal Award 3rd place, Johns Hopkins University (2013)
  • Sakamoto Prize, Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (2011)
  • Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association (2010)
  • Uchida Prize, Public Trust Cardiovascular Research Fund (2010)
  • Young Investigator Award 1st Place, Japanese Society of Electrocardiology (2010)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2009)
  • Best Research Award, Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Symposium (2008)
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2008)
  • Young Investigator Award 1st place, International Society for Heart Research (Japanese Section) (2008)
  • Young Investigator?s Research Grant, The Japan Heart Foundation (2007)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, American Heart Association (2006 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University, Cardiology (2014)
  • Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Biomedical Engineering (2009)

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