Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 2013-present
Department of Biochemistry

Lecturer in Molecular Visualization, Harvard Medical School, 2008-2012
Department of Cell Biology

Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School and Museum of Science, Boston, 2006-2008
Advisor: Jack W. Szostak


Ph.D. in Cell Biology, 2006
University of California, San Francisco
Advisor: R. Dyche Mullins

B.A. in Biology with Honors, 1999
Williams College
Advisor: Rob Savage
magna cum laude with double major in Asian Studies

Honors and Awards

:: Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar. University of Utah, 2016.
:: Leading Global Thinkers of 2014, Foreign Policy Magazine. Innovators category.
:: FASEB BioArt Winner. 2014.
:: TED Fellow. 2014.
:: 100 Most Creative People, Fast Company Magazine. 2012.
:: Honorable Mention, AAAS International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. 2008.
:: NSF Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2006-2008.
:: NSF Graduate Fellowship. 1999-2004.

Professional Activities

:: Public Information Committee (PIC) Member. American Society for Cell Biology, 2017-2020.
:: Workshop Participant, NSF Ideas Lab: Origins of Life. 2016.
:: Workshop Organizer, Visualizing & Modeling Cell Biology. Quantitative Cell Biology Network. Salt Lake City, 2016
:: Advisory Team Member, NIH 3D Print Exchange. 2013.
:: Workshop Participant, Emergining Intersection between the Physical Sciences and Oncology. Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor, 2013.
:: Co-chair, Working Group: Visualizing Biological Models and Information. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, 2012.
:: Session Leader, Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. 2010.
:: Workshop Participant, NSF Ideas Lab: Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization. 2010.
:: Co-chair, Special Interest Subgroup: Exploring Cell Biology at the Frontier of 3D Visualization. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, 2009.


:: Molecular Flipbook Workshop. 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting and 2014 ASBMB Annual Meeting.
:: 3D Animation Workshop. 2014, Evora, Portugal. Organized and led a 1-week intensive course on scientific animation.
:: Visualizing Molecular and Cellular Processes with 3D Animation. 2010, Porto, Portugal. Organized and led a 1-week intensive course on scientific animation.
:: Exploring Life’s Origins. 2008, Museum of Science, Boston. Gave a series of presentations on the origins of life as part of an exhibit to the public.
:: Visualizing Molecular Processes with Maya. 2007, Harvard Medical School. As a teaching assistant, wrote tutorials and supervised student projects.
:: Teaching Volunteer. 2001-2003, UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership. Taught in the “City Science” program and at an after-school science club.
:: Guest Lectures
:::: Structural Methods, University of Utah, 2015.
:::: Visualization (CS5630), University of Utah. 2013-2014.
:::: Design Studies (CS7960), University of Utah. 2013.
:::: Visualization (CS171), Harvard University. 2008-2012.
:::: Communication in Experimental Biology (7.19), MIT, 2011-2012.
:::: Visualization for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SP736), MIT, 2011.
:::: Foundations in Visualization (COMP0150CC), Tufts, 2008.


:: Principal Investigator, Quorum: An Open Platform for Crowdsourcing Visual Data Analysis. 2016-2018 (NCI/NIH).
:: Principal Investigator, Visualizing the HIV Lifecycle. 2013-2017 (NIGMS/NIH).
:: Principal Investigator, ABI Innovation: Building and Sharing Molecular Visualizations with Molecular Viewbook. 2011-2014 (NSF).
:: Co-Principal Investigator, The Cell: An Image Library. 2009-2016 (NIGMS/NIH).
:: Principal Investigator, Discovery Corps Postdoctoral Fellowship: Visualizing the Chemical Origins of Life for Research and Education. 2006-2009 (NSF).


:: Iwasa, JH. The Scientist as Illustrator. Trends Immunol. 2016 Mar 8.
:: Chang YW, Rettberg LA, Treuner-Lange A, Iwasa J, Søgaard-Andersen L, Jensen GJ. Architecture of the type IVa pilus machine. Science. 2016 Mar 11;351(6278):
:: Iwasa, JH and Marshall W. Karp's Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, 8th Edition. December 2015.
:: Iwasa, JH. Bringing macromolecular machinery to life using 3D animation.Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2015 Apr 15;31:84-88.
:: Iwasa J. Crafting a career in molecular animation. Mol Bio Cell. 2014 Oct 1;25(19):2891-2893.
:: Iwasa JH. Animating the model figure. Trends Cell Biol. 2010 Dec;20(12):699-704.
:: LeClaire LL 3rd, Baumgartner M, Iwasa JH, Mullins RD, Barber DL. Phosphorylation of the Arp2/3 complex is necessary to nucleate actin filaments. J Cell Biol. 2008 Aug 25;182(4) 647-54.
:: Iwasa JH, Mullins RD. Actin filament capping and disassembly play opposing roles in determining network architecture at the leading edge. Curr Biol. 2007 Mar 6; 17(5):395-406.
:: Vidwans SJ, DiGregorio PJ, Shermoen AW, Foat B, Iwasa J, Yakubovich N, O'Farrell PH. Sister chromatids fail to separate during an induced endoreplication cycle in Drosophila embryos. Curr Biol. 2002 May 14; 12(10):829-33.
:: Werbrock AH, Meiklejohn DA, Sainz A, Iwasa JH, Savage RM. A polychaete hunchback ortholog. Dev Biol. 2001 Jul 15; 235(2):476-88.
:: Iwasa JH, Suver DW, Savage RM. The leech hunchback protein is expressed in the epithelium and CNS but not in the segmental precursor lineages. Dev Genes Evol. 2000 Jun; 210(6):277-88.