Biographical Note of Professor Shinya YAMANAKA

Professor Shinya Yamanaka is most recognized for his discovery of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are differentiated cells that have been reprogrammed to the pluripotent state. He is Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University and Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco.

Since his breakthrough finding, he has received many prestigious awards including the Shaw Prize, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the 100th Imperial Prize, Japan Academy Prize, and the Wolf Prize in Medicine. The significance of iPS cells was culminated with Professor Yamanaka being awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012. He was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Medicine, the Insitute de France, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and the Japan Academy. In 2014, he received an honorary degree from the University of Hong Kong and was named Dr Lui Che Woo Distinguished Professor by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.