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Tasuku Honjo
Tasuku Honjo in 2018
Born (1942-01-27) January 27, 1942 (age 79)
Kyoto, Japan
NationalityJapanese
FieldsMolecular Immunology
InstitutionsKyoto University
Alma materKyoto University
Doctoral advisorYasutomi Nishizuka
Osamu Hayaishi
Known forClass switch recombination
IL-4, IL-5, AID
Cancer immunotherapy
PD-1
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]

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