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Yoshihiro Kawaoka

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Name  Yoshihiro Kawaoka
Role  University Professor

Education  Hokkaido University
Awards  Robert Koch Prize
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Yoshihiro kawaoka

Yoshihiro Kawaoka (河岡 義裕, Kawaoka Yoshihiro, born November 14, 1955) is a virologist specializing in the study of the influenza and Ebola viruses. He holds a professorship in virology in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and at the University of Tokyo, Japan.


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Following the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in West Africa, Kawaoka began development of an Ebola vaccine working in close coordination with Dr. Alhaji N'jai -- toxicologist at the University of Wisconsin -- and his non-profit organization Project 1808, Inc.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka US scientist Professor Yoshihiro Kawaokas mutated H1N1 flu virus

Controversial experiment

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Yoshihiro reinvented a new virus based on H5N1. For now, no known vaccine has been found. Despite the great disturbance he has caused, Yoshihiro argued that "it is part of valuable scientific research".


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  • 2006 - Robert Koch Prize (with Peter Palese)
  • 2011 - Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2013 - Members of the United States National Academy of Sciences
  • 2015 - Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology
  • 2016 - Japan Academy Prize
  • Selected publications

    Yoshihiro Kawaoka The 1918 Flu Killed 40 Million People This Man Is ReCreating the
  • Hatta M, Gao P, Halfmann P, Kawaoka Y. Molecular basis for high virulence of Hong Kong H5N1 influenza A viruses, Science 298:1840–1842, 2001.
  • Schultz-Cherry S, Dybdahl-Sissoko N, Neumann G, Kawaoka Y, Hinshaw VS. Influenza Virus NS1 Protein Induces Apoptosis in Cultured Cells. J Virol 75: 7875–7881, 2001.
  • Kobasa D, Wells K, KawaokaY. Amino Acids Responsible for the Absolute Sialidase Activity of the Influenza A Virus Neuraminidase: Relationship to Growth in Duck Intestine. J Virol 75: 11773–11780, 2001.
  • Goto H, Wells K, Takada A, Kawaoka Y. Plasminogen-binding activity of neuraminidase determines the pathogenicity of influenza A virus, J Virol 75:9297–9301, 2001.
  • Watanabe T, Watanabe S, Ito H, Kida H, Kawaoka Y. Influenza A virus can undergo multiple cycles of replication without m2 ion channel activity. J Virol 75:5656–5662, 2001.
  • Jasenosky LD, Neumann G, Lukashevich I, Kawaoka Y. Ebola virus vp40-induced particle formation and association with the lipid bilayer. J Virol 75:5205–5214, 2001.
  • References

    Yoshihiro Kawaoka Wikipedia

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