Prof Kazutoshi Mori is currently visiting NUI Galway where he will give a seminar on his work on “The unfolded protein response: to mammals and beyond”. Some of the TRAINERS ESR’s had the opportunity to discuss their projects with Prof. Mori getting valuable feedback and asking lots of questions. They also got to ask questions about careers in science and his advice for young researchers.

About Professor Mori

Kazutoshi Mori is Professor of Biophysics at Kyoto University, shares the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Peter Walter, Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Walter and Mori were honoured for their work identifying core components of the unfolded protein response (UPR). Mori made his first major discovery in this area—identification of the IRE1 component of the UPR—in 1993, while he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

 About the Lasker Awards:

The Lasker Awards programme, established in 1945 by Albert Lasker and his wife, Mary Woodard Lasker, recognises the contribution of scientists, physicians and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human disease.

The Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (which was awarded to Professor Mori and his colleague in 2014) is for a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.  These awards are sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobels” and the Lasker Award has gained a reputation for identifying future Nobel Prize winners.