The Ultimate List Of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch – Shinya Yamanaka
By Juliana Chan | List
May 15, 2011
We have traversed the far-flung corners of science, medicine, engineering, and technology to come up with this list of 15 scientists who represent the movers and shakers of Asia.
#1: Shinya Yamanaka (山中 伸弥), iPS Scientist
This is not the first time we’ve raved about Dr. Yamanaka. We’ve done so before, and we’ll keep doing so.
Why? Dr. Yamanaka’s breakthrough discovery in 2006 where he succeeded in generating ‘induced pluripotent stem cells’ (iPS cells) has changed the field of stem cell research entirely. These iPS cells are reprogrammed to pluripotency from adult cells, and they again have the ability to differentiate into virtually any kind of tissue. In 2009, Dr. Yamanka shared the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his work, and in June 2010, he was awarded the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.
So what’s next… is the Nobel Committee calling?
Oct. 8, 2012 UPDATE: Dr. Yamanaka wins the 2012 Nobel Prize In Medicine.