Awards & Winners

Shinya Yamanaka

Date of Birth 04-September-1962
Place of Birth Higashi-osaka
(Japan, Osaka Prefecture, Kansai region)
Nationality Japan
Also know as Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
Profession Physician, Researcher, Professor, Scientist
Shinya Yamanaka is a Japanese physician and researcher of adult stem cells. He serves as the director of Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University; as a senior investigator at the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California; and as a professor of anatomy at University of California, San Francisco. Yamanaka is also the current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. He received the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2011 with Rudolf Jaenisch; the Millennium Technology Prize in 2012 together with Linus Torvalds. In 2012 he and John Gurdon were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. In 2013 he was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work.

Awards by Shinya Yamanaka

Check all the awards nominated and won by Shinya Yamanaka.


Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
(For induced pluripotent stem cells.)


Millennium Technology Prize
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent)


Wolf Prize in Medicine
(For the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) from skin cells (SY) and demonstration that iPS cells can be used to cure genetic disease in a mammal, thus establishing their therapeutic potential (RJ).)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For his demonstration that the key transcription factors which specify pluripotency may become reprogrammed somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells.)
Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For the discoveries concerning nuclear reprogramming, the process that instructs specialized adult cells to form early stem cells\u2014creating the potential to become any type of mature cell for experimental or therapeutic purposes.)


Robert Koch Prize
Massry Prize
(For their work in the field of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.)