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Yoshinori Ohsumi
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Ohsumi in 2015
Born February 9, 1945 (1945-02-09) (age 76)
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Known for Autophagy
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2016)
Scientific career
Fields Cell biologist
Institutions Tokyo Institute of Technology

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.

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

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

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