Yoshizumi Ishino

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Yoshizumi Ishino
Native name 石野 良純
Born 1959
Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Alma mater Osaka University
Known for CRISPR
Awards AMED Award (2017)
Scientific career
Fields Molecular biology
Institutions Kyushu University
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Yoshizumi Ishino (石野 良純, Ishino Yoshizumi) is a Japanese molecular biologist, known for his discovering the DNA sequence of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR).

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Ishino has contributed to the development of enzymology and nucleic acids research in his life. In 1987, he discovered the DNA sequence of CRISPR,[1] which is a basis of a biotechnology known as CRISPR-Cas9 that effectively edits genes.


Ishino was born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. He received his BS, MS and PhD in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively, from Osaka University.[2] From 1987 to 1989, he served as a post-doctoral fellow in Dieter Söll's laboratory at Yale University.[3]

In 2002, he became a professor at Kyushu University.[4] Since October 2013, he has been a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[5]



  1. ^ Ishino Y, Shinagawa H, Makino K, Amemura M, Nakata A (1987). "Nucleotide sequence of the iap gene, responsible for alkaline phosphatase isozyme conversion in Escherichia coli, and identification of the gene product". J Bacteriol. 169 (12): 5429–33. PMC 213968. PMID 3316184.
  2. ^ Yoshizumi Ishino | astrobiology.illinois.edu Archived September 30, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yoshizumi_Ishino/info
  4. ^ https://kaken.nii.ac.jp/d/r/30346837.ja.html
  5. ^ http://hyoka.ofc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/search/details/K001659/society.html

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