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Tasuku Honjo
Tasuku Honjo in 2018
Born (1942-01-27) January 27, 1942 (age 79)
Kyoto, Japan
FieldsMolecular Immunology
InstitutionsKyoto University
Alma materKyoto University
Doctoral advisorYasutomi Nishizuka
Osamu Hayaishi
Known forClass switch recombination
IL-4, IL-5, AID
Cancer immunotherapy
Notable awardsImperial Prize (1996)
Koch Prize (2012)
Order of Culture (2013)
Tang Prize (2014)
Kyoto Prize (2016)
Alpert Prize (2017)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2018)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Tasuku Honjo (本庶 佑 Honjo Tasuku?, born January 27, 1942) is a Japanese immunologist. He is best known for his work of finding and naming the Programmed Cell Death Protein 1 (PD-1).[1]

He is also known for his discovery of cytokines: IL-4 and IL-5,[2] as well as the discovery of Activation-induced Cytidine Deaminase (AID).[3]

He was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. He is a member of German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina (2003), and also as a member of the Japan Academy (2005).

In 2018, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with James P. Allison.[4]