Susumu Tonegawa, Ph.D.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Dr. Susumu Tonegawa is the Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, the director of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, and director of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Tonegawa is most famous for discovering the genetic mechanisms that allow our B cells to produce a diverse variety of antibodies, an accomplishment for which he won the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Now, his work is focused on better understanding neural development and decoding the molecules, cells, and circuits that are responsible for learning and memory. He has been a member of CRI’s Scientific Advisory Council since 1986.

What we have shown is that genes can change during the life of an individual, and that that change explains how we can protect ourselves against [disease].
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