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Tasuku Honjo
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Tasuku Honjo in 2018
Born (1942-01-27) January 27, 1942 (age 80)
Alma materKyoto University
Known forClass switch recombination
IL-4, IL-5, AID
Cancer immunotherapy
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)
Scientific career
FieldsMolecular Immunology
InstitutionsKyoto University

Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Icon/data' not found.Lua error in Module:Unicode_data at line 290: attempt to index local 'data_module' (a boolean value). 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]