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Shimon Sakaguchi (坂口 志文, Sakaguchi Shimon, born January 19, 1951) is an immunologist and a Distinguished Professor of Osaka University.[1] He is best known for the discovery of regulatory T cells and to describe their role in the immune system. This discovery is used in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Shimon Sakaguchi
坂口 志文
Born (1951-01-19) January 19, 1951 (age 73)
EducationKyoto University MD (1976)
Ph.D (1982)
Known forRegulatory T cells
AwardsWilliam B. Coley Award (2004)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (2015)
Crafoord Prize (2017)
Robert Koch Prize (2020)
Scientific career
FieldsPathology, immunology
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Stanford University
Scripps Research Institute
University of Tokyo
Osaka University


Sakaguchi was born in Japan's Shiga Prefecture and educated at Kyoto University.

In 2015, the news agency Thomson Reuters signals Shimon Sakaguchi among potential recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.[2]

Awards and recognition

at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 29, 2015


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