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Yoshinori Ohsumi
Ohsumi in 2015
Born (1945-02-09) February 9, 1945 (age 76)
Fukuoka, Japan
FieldsCell biologist
InstitutionsTokyo Institute of Technology
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
Known forAutophagy
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2016)

Yoshinori Ohsumi (大隅 良典 Ōsumi Yoshinori?) (born 9 February 1945) is a Japanese cell biologist. He won the 2016 Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of how cell autophagy works.[1]

Autophagy is the process that cells use to break down and recycle cellular components. This allows the orderly recycling of cellular components.[2][3]

Ohsumi is a professor in Tokyo Institute of Technology's Frontier Research Center.[4] He got the Kyoto Prize for Basic Science in 2012.[5]


  1. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016". The Nobel Foundation. 3 October 2016. 
  2. Mizushima, N; Komatsu, M (11 November 2011). "Autophagy: renovation of cells and tissues.". Cell 147 (4): 728–41. PMID 22078875 . 
  3. Kobayashi S (2015). "Choose delicately and reuse adequately: the newly revealed process of autophagy". Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 38 (8): 1098–103. doi:10.1248/bpb.b15-00096 . PMID 26235572 . 
  4. Yoshinori Ohsumi's biog in ORCID [1]
  5. Biemiller, Lawrence (2012-11-10). "Kyoto Prize Is Awarded to 3 Scholars". 

This person won a Nobel Prize