Yoshinori Ohsumi, a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has been awarded with Nobel Prize 2016 in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery and explanation of the process built around autophagy. Autophagy is a process where body’s cells degrade and recycle. Dr. Ohsumi was announced the recipient at the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm on Monday, October 3, 2016.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology professor led the research to understand the importance of autophagy in many physiological processes, like adaptation to starvation or response to infection. The recipient research led to the discovery the autophagic process is involved in several conditions including cancer and neurological disease as mutations in autophagy genes can cause diseases.
Yoshinori Ohsumi was born 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan. He received a Ph.D. from University of Tokyo in 1974. After spending three years at Rockefeller University, New York, USA, he returned to the University of Tokyo, where he established his research group in 1988. He is since 2009 a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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