Yigong Shi is a University Professor and Dean of the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is a structural biologist recognized for his research into mechanisms of programmed cell death (or apoptosis). Shi was born in Zhengzhou, China in 1967, and grew up in Henan Province. He received his Bachelor?s Degree with highest honor from Tsinghua University in 1989 and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1995. He performed his post-doctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before joining Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in 1998. Shi was promoted to a tenured Full Professor in 2003 and named Warner-Lambert Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology in 2007. He declined an offer to be Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and returned to Tsinghua University in 2008. He is a recipient of 2003 Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award, 2010 Sackler Prize in Biophysics, and 2014 Gregori Aminoff Prize in crystallography. Shi is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Associate of the European Molecular Biology Organization.