Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Yokoyama is the Sam J. Levin and Audrey Loew Levin Chair Professor of Arthritis Research, and Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He directs the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), an largest integrated MD-PhD program.
Dr. Yokoyama received his MD from the University of Hawaii. Following clinical training in internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Iowa, he received postdoctoral research training at Iowa and the NIH. He previously served on the faculty of University of California, San Francisco and Mount Sinai (NY). In 1995, he was recruited to WUSM to become Chief of Rheumatology and in 2007, he became MSTP Director.
Dr. Yokoyama’s laboratory is credited with seminal discoveries regarding natural killer (NK) cells including discovery of inhibitory receptors for MHC class I molecules that account for the “missing-self” hypothesis. His awards include Novartis Prize for Basic Immunology, Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Research in Arthritis, and election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017-18, he served as President of the American Association of Immunologists.