Professor Roger Y. Tsien, UC San Diego

Roger Y. Tsien, born 1952, received his A.B. (Chemistry & Physics) from Harvard College in 1972, and a Ph.D. (Physiology) in 1977, from University of Cambridge. Since 1989, he has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Among his numerous prizes are the Artois-Baillet-Latour Health Prize (1995), the Gairdner Award (1995), the Heineken Prize in Biochemistry (2002), the Wolf Prize in Medicine (2004), and Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2008). Memberships include the National Academy of Sciences, and Royal Society. He is a scientific founder of four biotechnology companies. His expertise is molecular engineering, imaging, neurobiology, cancer diagnosis and therapy. His major current interests are voltage probes, optogenetic sensors, perineuronal networks, extracellular proteases, surgical navigation, rational chemotherapy.

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, Kyoto University

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka serves as the Director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and is a professor at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University. He is also a professor of anatomy at UC San Francisco and a senior investigator at the UCSF-affiliated J. David Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. In 2012, Dr. Yamanaka, along with Dr. John Gurdon, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells.