1990 (age 24–25)
Portland, Oregon, USA
Life and education
Yano's father, Katsura, is originally from Japan and his mother, Kyung, is originally from South Korea. Yano reportedly was reading by age two, writing by age three, playing classical music on the piano at age four, and composing by age five. He went to the Mirman School as a child. After scoring 1500 out of 1600 on the SAT at age eight, he graduated from the American School of Correspondence at age nine then entered Loyola University Chicago also at age nine, graduating summa cum laude at age 12. He then entered the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in the MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program), which is designed for those seeking to earn an MD and PhD. He was awarded a PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology there in 2009, at the age of 18. He entered his second year of medical school at the University of Chicago in 2009, becoming at age 21 the youngest person to graduate with an MD from the University of Chicago, for which he has been called a "real-life Doogie Howser". He is currently a pediatric neurology resident at the University of Chicago.
According to Yano, he owes much of his success to his mother, who noticed his superior intellectual capabilities at an early age and helped encourage and motivate him through rigorous academic enrichment. His mother also homeschooled him through the 12th grade, saying she felt other students his age wouldn't be as interested in their studies. Sho's younger sister Sayuri (born 1996) also exhibits prodigious talents in both academic studies and music; she is, as of 2010, a graduate at Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science in biology degree. She is currently a B.M. student majoring in violin performance at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.
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- "American School Graduate Becomes Youngest U. of Chicago M.D. Recipient". American School Records.
- Anne Ryan (2003-08-24). "12-year-old begins medical school at the University of Chicago". USAToday.com. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- Enjoli Francis. M.D. at 21, Sho Yano Is Real-Life ‘Doogie Howser’. 2012-06-04. Accessed 2013-04-02.
- Carol Marin and Don Moseley (May 3, 2010). "Meet Chicago's Sibling Geniuses". NBCChicago.com. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- Sho's coauthored research article, from BMC Evolutionary Biology
- His mother writes book on experience, sister joins Sho at college
- Graduate gets his PhD at age 18
- 12-year-old begins medical school at University of Chicago
- IQ200 한국계 18세 천재소년 박사학위
- Sho playing on From the Top NPR
- Sho Yano's radio essay
- Meet Chicago's Sibling Geniuses