Dr. Reiko Inagi earned her PhD in Immunology from Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan, in 1990. She has researched the mechanisms of latent viral infection and host defense at Osaka University School of Medicine as an associate professor from 1991 to 1998. She then moved to Tokai University School of Medicine as an associate professor and began her studies on molecular nephrology including genomics and transcriptome analyses for identification of the novel genes specific for kidney disease. She got the Kimoto Award of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy in 2003, the awards of the Japanese Society for Renal Pathology in 2003 and 2007. Since 2008, she has been a senior researcher at University of Tokyo School of Medicine, and her recent professional interests are pathophysiological role of oxidative, hypoxic, or endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced responses in kidney diseases.