Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison/University of Tokyo

About

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka was educated in Japan, receiving his DVM in 1978 and his PhD in 1983 from Hokkaido University. He has worked on Ebola and influenza viruses for more than 20 and 30 years, respectively. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kawaoka received the prestigious Robert Koch Award in 2006, and the Medal of Honor (Purple Ribbon) from the Emperor of Japan in 2011 for his innovative research in the field of influenza virology. In 2013, he was elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences.