Shinji received his Ph.D from Meiji University Graduate School of Agriculture in 2006, and worked as a research fellow at RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology after graduation. In 2012 he was appointed as Associate Professor of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences of Keio University. He holds multiple positions such as a researcher for Japan Science and Technology Agency’s Sakigake program (2015), a visiting professor for University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine (2016), and a group leader for Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (2017).
In 2011, he found that the molecular mechanism of the acetic acid that the Bifidobacterium creates can help prevent the infectious disease enterohemorrhagic E. coli. In 2013, he discovered that the acetic acid created by the intestinal bacteria can augment the induced differentiation of Regulatory T cell can prevent colonitis. He presented his work to Nature, a multidisciplinary scientific journal.
In the same year he received the The Young Scientists’ Prize from the Ministry of Education、Culture、Sports、Science and Technology. In 2015, he was selected as “2015’s prominent contributors of science” by the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy. Also in 2015, he won first prize the first bioscience grand prix for his business plan “creating a healthy society through feces” and established Metagen, Inc. where he was appointed President & CEO. He specializes in intestinal environment control and integrated omics. He has published “How to Make Your Stomach Feel Good” (Onaka no Choushi ga Yokunaru Hon).