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Akira Shirai


Akira Shirai, American microbiologist. Research training grantee National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, 1966-1969. Member American Society Microbiologists, American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Shirai, Akira was born on February 8, 1933 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Wasaburo and Mitsuye (Nakamura) Shirai.


Bachelor Physiology, University California, Berkeley, 1950. Master of Science Microbiology, University Maryland, College Park, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy Microbiology, University Maryland, Baltimore, 1969.


Research assistant Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene, Baltimore, 1957-1958. Biological science assistant Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, 1958-1960. Laboratory specialist C Virginia State Health Department, 1960-1964.

Chief department serology Flow Laboratories, Inc., Rockville, Maryland, 1964-1966. Senior technical Melpar, Inc., Springfield, Virginia, 1966. Microbiologist, director research and development, director quality control Industrial Biological Laboratories, Rockville, 1966-1973.

Assistant chief department rickettsial disease Walter Reed Army Institute Research, Washington, 1973-1976. Chief department rickettsiology United States Army Medical Research Unit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1976-1983. Officer/research promomotion and development special pogramme for research and training in tropical diseases World Health Organization, Manila, Philippines, 1983-1994.

Short term consultant, World Health Organization, since 1994.


  • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Society Microbiologists, American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


  • Other Interests

    Dance, music, sports, stamp collecting/philately.


Married Elizabeth Ng, May 27, 1939 (divorced October 1976). Children: Gregory Tadashi, Jeffry Hiroshi.

Wasaburo Shirai

Mitsuye (Nakamura) Shirai

Elizabeth Ng

Gregory Tadashi Shirai

Jeffry Hiroshi Shirai