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Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2016

October 3, 2016

Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2016.

Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi

Research

"Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms and Physiological Significance of Autophagy, a Cellular Adaptive System to Environment"

Professor Ohsumi has achieved world-leading results in his genetic study of autophagy in yeast, a cellular process that degrades proteins in order to adapt to the nutritional environment and other factors.

He has made groundbreaking contributions toward elucidating of the molecular mechanisms of autophagy and its physiological significance.

Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms and Physiological Significance of Autophagy, a Cellular Adaptive System to Environment

Biography

2016 -
Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2014 -
Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2010 - 2016
Professor, the Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2009 - 2010
Professor, Advanced Research Organization, Integrated Research Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2004 - 2009
Professor, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies [SOKENDAI]
1996 - 2009
Professor, Department of Cell Biology, National Institute for Basic Biology
1988 - 1996
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
1986 - 1988
Lecturer, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo
1977 - 1986
Research Associate, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo, with Prof. Yasuhiro Anraku
1974 - 1977
Post Doctoral Fellow, Rockefeller University with Prof. Gerald M. Edelman
1972 - 1974
Research Fellow, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo
1967 - 1972
Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, with Prof. Kazutomo Imahori
1963 - 1967
Undergraduate Student, Department of Basic Science, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Awards

2016
Paul Janssen Award
2016
Wiley Prize
2016
Rosenstiel Award
2015
The Person of Cultural Merit
2015
The Keio Medical Science Prize, Keio University Medical Science Fund
2015
International Prize for Biology, The Japan Society
2015
Canada Gairdner International Award, The Gairdner Foundation
2013
Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates, Thomson Reuters
2012
Kyoto Prize, The Inamori Foundation
2008
Asahi Prize, The Asahi Shimbun
2007
Science Award of the Botanical Society of Japan
2006
Japan Academy Prize, The Japan Academy
2005
Fujiwara Award, The Fujiwara Foundation of Science

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Special webpage for 2016 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Learn more about Honorary Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi and his prize-winning research into the mechanisms of autophagy

Special webpage for 2016 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Contact

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