Yoshinori Ohsumi, PhD

2016 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi was born in Fukuoka in 1945. In 1963, he entered The University of Tokyo and chose to study molecular biology due to the influence of Prof. K. Imahori. As a graduate student, he enrolled in Rockefeller University to study under Dr. G. M. Edelman in 1974. He returned to The University of Tokyo as an assistant professor under Prof. Y. Anraku at the end of 1977. In 1988, he opened up his own small lab and started to work on the lytic function of the vacuole, and then found yeast autophagy by light and electron microscopy. After leaving the University of Tokyo he continued hisresearch at the National Institute for Basic Biology at Okazaki. Then he moved to Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2009 and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2016 for elucidating the mechanisms for autophagy.