Kazutoshi Mori

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Kazutoshi Mori
Native name 森 和俊
Born 1958 (age 59–60)
Kurashiki, Okayama
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater Kyoto University
Known for Unfolded protein response
Awards Gairdner Award (2009)
Lasker Award (2014)
Imperial Prize (2016)
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2018)
Scientific career
Fields Molecular biology
Cell biology
Institutions Kyoto University

Kazutoshi Mori (森 和俊, Mori Kazutoshi, born 1958) is a Japanese molecular biologist known for research on unfolded protein response. He is a professor of Biophysics at the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University,[1] and shared the 2014 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Peter Walter for discoveries concerning the unfolded protein response — an intracellular quality control system that detects harmful misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum and signals the nucleus to carry out corrective measures.[2]


Mori was born in 1958 in Kurashiki, Okayama, and graduated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kyoto University in 1981. He was appointed as an assistant professor at Gifu Pharmaceutical University in 1985, before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1989. He was a researcher at the HSP (Heat Shock Protein) Research Institute in Kyoto from 1993 to 1999, and has been a member of the faculty of Kyoto University since 1999.[3]



  1. ^ Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University
  2. ^ "Current Winners". Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Lasker Foundation. 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ Professor Kazutoshi Mori (in Japanese)
  4. ^ Past Winners, Wiley Prize
  5. ^ Kazutoshi Mori PhD, Recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award, 2009
  6. ^ "Announcement Press Conference". The Shaw Prize. The Shaw Prize Foundation. 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Kazutoshi Mori Wins 2018 Breakthrough Prize". Asian Scientist. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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