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Geomicrobiology Group

Fumio Inagaki


1997-2000        Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Japan

                          (PhD., c/o Prof. Seiya Ogata, Geomicrobiology)

1995-1997        Microbial Genetics Division, Institute for Genetic Resources, 

                         Kyushu University, Japan (M.S., Molecular Genetics)

1991-1995        Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Japan

                          (B.S., Microbiology)

Professional Appointments

2024-present   Vice Director, Division Director of Research, Professor, World Premier International Research Center Initiative

                         (WPI) Advanced Institute for Marine Ecosystem Change (WPI-AIMEC), Tohoku University & Japan Agency

                         for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

2023-present   Project Leader, Project Team for Ocean Basalt CCS Basic Research (SIP Ocean: Theme 4), General Project

                         Team for SIP  (SIP: Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, the Cabinet Office), JAMSTEC

2023-present   Investigator, Drilling Project Support Office, Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration (MarE3), JAMSTEC

2021-2024        ​Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Japan

2020-present   Guest Professor, Research Organization for Nano & Life Innovation, Waseda University, Japan

2020-present   Guest Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, Japan

2019-2023        Director, Mantle Drilling Promotion Office, Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and

                         Engineering (MarE3), JAMSTEC

2016-2019        Deputy Director, Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling Science (ODS), JAMSTEC

2015-2019        Deputy Director, Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, JAMSTEC

2011-2019        Group Leader, Geobiotechnology Group, Research and Development Center for Submarine Resources,


2007-2019        Group Leader, Geomicrobiology Group, Kochi Institute for Core Sample Research, JAMSTEC

                         Principal Scientist, JAMSTEC

2005-2009        Sub-leader, Extremobiosphere Research Center (XBR), JAMSTEC

​2005-2006        Guest  Scientist, Biogeochemistry Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen,

                         Germany (c/o Prof. Bo. Barker Jørgensen)

2000-2005        Research Scientist, Deep-Sea Frontier Research Program, JAMSTEC

Honors and Major Grant Awards

2024-2025       Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Fellow (University of Bremen & Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and

                        Marine Research, Germany)

2023    Philipp Franz von Siebold Prize, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, President of the Federal Republic of


2022-2024       JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Science Research A: Japan Trench Geomicrobiology: IODP Expedition 386 (Lead PI)

2021                AGU Fellow, the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2021                Geochemistry Fellow, the Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry

                        (EAG), Goldschmidt 2021, Lyon, France

2021                The Japan Association for Petroleum Technology (JAPT) Special Award

2021                Deep Life Paper Award (Hoshino et al., PNAS, 2020), International Center for Deep Life Investigation (IC-DLI)

                        Deep Life Paper Award (Heuer et al., Science, 2020), International Center for Deep Life Investigation (IC-DLI)

2019-2021       JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Science Research (Kaitaku): Kidd Creek Geomicrobiology (Lead PI)

2019                The Copernicus Medal 2019, the Copernicus Gesellschaft, e.V., European Geophysical Union (EGU),

                        Vienna, Austria

2018                Plenary Lecture Exploring deep microbial life in the planetary interior: What are the limits of habitability?,

                        Geochemical Society, Goldschmidt 2018, Boston, USA

2017                The PNAS Cozzarelli Prize 2017, National Academy of Science of the USA

                        (Trembath-Reichert et al., PNAS, 2017: Category IV)

2016                JAMSTEC Outstanding Research and Development Award

2015                The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize (Taira Prize),

                        American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2014-2017       JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Science Research A: Subseafloor Microbiomes (Lead PI)

2011-2013       JSPS Funding Program for Next Generation of World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program) (Lead PI)

2010-2012       JSPS Strategic Fund for Strengthening Leading-Edge Research and Development (Lead PI)

​2006                Young Scientist Research Promotion Award, The Japanese Society of Extremophiles

2005-2006       Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Germany

1999-2000       Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Young Scientist Research Fellow

International Synergistic Activity

2023                 Chairman, Online Workshop for Joint Research between NTU and Tohoku University, April 14, 2023.

2022                 Guest co-editor, Special issue for the Nov. 5th 2022 conference proceedings but extendable for non-

                         conference paper “Cosmic-Ray Muography and Applications” (Hiroyuki Tanaka, László Oláh, and

                         Fumio Inagaki, eds.), iScience, Cell Press. 

2021-2024        Committee member for investigating suitable sites for the Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS)

                         demonstration project, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

2022                 Goldschmidt 2022 Geobiology Theme co-chair

2020-2021        Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) 2021 Program Committee Vice-chair

2019-present   Advisory Board member, Earth 4D: Subsurface Science and Exploration, CIFAR, Canada

2019-present   Associate Editor, Science Advances, AAAS

2019-present   Selection committee member, The Copernicus Medal, the Copernicus Gesellschaft, e.V.

2019-2020        Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)-American Geophysical Union (AGU) Joint Meeting 2020: Virtual Program

                         Committee Co-chair

2018-2019        Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) 2019 Program Committee Vice-chair

2018                 Session chair, “Integrated Habitability Science: Forecasting the Trajectory of Life and Planetary Habitability

                         on Earth and Beyond”, AGU Fall Meeting, Washington D.C., USA

2019-2023        Liaison of the Japan Drilling Earth Science Consortium (J-DESC) 

2018-2019        Director (Science Strategy) of the Japan Drilling Earth Science Consortium (J-DESC) 

2018                 Discussion Leader, “Populating the Deep Biosphere”, Gordon Research Conference on Deep Carbon

                         Science, Bryant University, RI, USA

2017-present   Steering committee member of the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology (ISSM)

2017                 The planning committee member of the Theme “Geobiology, Organic Geochemistry, and

                         Biogeochemistry”, Goldschmidt 2018, Boston, USA

2017                 Session convener, “Biogeochemistry in the Deep Ocean and Subsurface: Contributions of the Deep

                         Biosphere to Earth Systems”, Goldschmidt 2017, Paris, France

2017-present   Selection committee member, The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research

                         Prize (Taira Prize), American Geophysical Union (AGU)

2017-2019        Senior Editor, The ISME Journal

2017                 Convener of the “IODP Australian Regional Workshop”, 12-15 June 2017, Sydney, Australia

2016-2018        IODP ECORD Facility Board member

2016                 Session convener, “Deep Biosphere: Biogeochemical elemental cycles, serpentinization and evolution

                         of life in the Earth’s interior”, Goldschmidt 2016, Yokohama, Japan

2016                 Steering committee member, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Symposium in Yokohama,

                         Yokohama, Japan

2016                 NSF JOIDES Resolution Facility Evaluation Panel Board member, USA

2015-2023        Editorial board member, The ISME Journal

2014                 Guest lecturer, IODP ECORD Summer School “Subseafloor Biosphere: Current Advances and Future

                         Challenges”, Univ. Bremen, Germany

2014                 Co-convener, the IODP/ECORD-ICDP-DCO MagellanPlus Workshop, “Advancing sub-surface

                         biosphere and paleoclimate research”, 21-23 August 2014, Seoul, South Korea

2014                 Session convener, “Microbiomes of marine ecosystems: Key functions from the cryosphere to the deep

                         biosphere”, the International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME), Seoul, South Korea

2014                 Chair, the symposium “Subseafloor hydrocarbon resources and carbon cycle: Geobiotechnology for

                         sustainable earth and societal systems”, Univ. Tokyo, Japan

2013                 Session convener, “Life Below the Seafloor-How Alive and How important?”, Goldschmidt 2013,

                         Florence, Italy

2013-2019        Steering committee member, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Deep Life Community (DLC),

                         Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

2012-2014        Selection committee member, the Clair C. Patterson Award, Geochemical Society

2012                 Chair, the International Workshop “Frontiers in Life and Earth Planetary Sciences”, Kochi Institute for

                         Core Sample Research, JAMSTEC, Kochi, Japan

2010-present   Editorial board member, Astrobiology

2010-2011        IODP Science Plan Writing Committee (SPWC) member

2009-2010        IODP Thematic Review Committee (TRC) member

                         (Deep-Biosphere Frontiers)
2009                 Session convener, “Microbial life in CO2 and pH extremes”,

                         Goldschmidt 2009, Davos, Switzerland

2009                 Steering committee member, the IODP INVEST meeting,

                         Univ. Bremen, Germany

2008                 Organizing committee member, ISSM, Shizuoka, Japan

2008                 Session chair, “Subseafloor life and biosphere”, ISSM, Shizuoka, Japan

2008                 Guest lecturer, the ECORD Summer School “Deep-Biosphere”, Univ. Bremen, Germany

2008                 Session convener, “Biogeochemistry and ecology of life in marine sediments”, Goldschmidt 2008,

                         Vancouver, Canada

2008-2010        IODP Science Steering and Evaluation Panel (SSEP) member

2007                 IODP Science Technology Panel (STP) member, Beijing, China (alternative)

2006-2007        IODP J-DESC Subseafloor Microbiology Panel member

2006                 Steering committee and co-chair, IODP Workshop “Exploration of Subseafloor Life with the Integrated  

                         Ocean Drilling Program”, IODP-MI and JOI Inc., Vancouver, Canada

2005-2016        Editorial board member of Applied and Environmental Microbiology

2005                 Chair, the special session “Deep-Biosphere Research on IODP”, ISSM-ISEB, Jackson Hole, WY, USA

2005                 Session convener, “Subseafloor Biosphere”, ISSM-ISEB, Jackson Hole, WY, USA


Academic Membership

  • Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU)

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • ​Europian Geophysical Union (EGU)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

  • Geochemical Society (GS)

  • International Society of Extremophiles (ISE)

  • International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME)

  • ​Japanese Society for Marine Biotechnology

  • ​Japanese Association for Petroleum Technology (JAPT)

  • Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry

  • Japanese Society for Extremophiles

  • Japanese Society for Microbial Ecology (JSME)

  • Japanese Society for Marine Biotechnology (JSMB)

  • The Humboldt Association of Japan 

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