Yoshinori Ohsumi, 2016 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine

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What is Autophagy?

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

Professor Ohsumi has achieved world-leading results in his genetic studies of autophagy in yeast, a cellular process that degrades proteins in order to adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions.

Research highlights

Research highlights

"Work that is unique and doesn't follow the intellectual trends of the day" "A practitioner and strong believer in the importance of fundamental research"

Ohsumi on winning the prize

Ohsumi on winning the prize

Biography

2016 -
Specially Appointed Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Research Unit Leader, Cell Biology Unit)
2014 -
Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2010 - 2016
Professor, 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
Postdoctoral 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

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