After obtaining a Ph.D. in 1977 from University of Tokyo, I did my post-doctoral training in University of Zürich, where we identified human interferon-a cDNA. In 1982, I returned as an assistant professor to University of Tokyo, and identified cDNA for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. In 1987, I became a Department Head in Osaka Bioscience Institute, and started a project on apoptosis. In 1995, I moved as a professor to Osaka University Medical School, and to Kyoto University in 2007. I was an editorial member for Science, Immunity, Cancer Cell, and others. Awards include Emil von Behring Prize, Robert Koch Award, Prix Lacassagne, Debrecen Award, and Keio Medical Science Prize. I was recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit from the Japanese Government, and have been an associate of Japan Academy since 2010.
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