Japanese scientist and professor Ohsumi from Tokyo Tech has been recognized for his research in autophagy.
From the AsianScientist newsroom on 14th 2016 its been known that Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, professor at Cell Biology Unit at Tokyo Institute of Technology is the recipient of this year (2016) Dr. Paul Janssen Award for biomedical research. This was confirmed last week in Biotechnology Industry Organization convention in San Francisco, California.
He was awarded in honour of his work as an active scientist in academia with his transformational contribution towards improvement of human health. Dr. Ohsumi’s research can be found at his research gate profile. He is well known for his discoveries relating to molecular mechanisms of autophagy, a process by which the cell degrades their own structures.
From his quote “As a basic biologist, I started autophagy research 27 years ago aiming to elucidate the functions and mechanisms of the cell at the molecular level. From the beginning, I never expected that my research would spread to medical fields or to drug discovery technology. So I am very surprised to have been selected for this award. However, I am pleased and grateful to have this fundamental work be recognized as important even in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.”