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.