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Yoshinori Ohsumi
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Ohsumi in 2015
Born (1945-02-09) February 9, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
Known forAutophagy
AwardsNobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsCell biologist
InstitutionsTokyo Institute of Technology

Lua error in Module:Unicode_data at line 290: attempt to index local 'data_module' (a boolean value). (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". 

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