Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka established the technique of reverse genetics, which allows the generation of ‘designer’ influenza viruses. He also studies Ebola virus and was the first to establish a system that allows the study of the entire Ebola virus replication cycle under non-BSL4 conditions. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Robert Koch Award in 2006, as well as the Medal of Honor (Purple Ribbon) in 2011 and the Japan Academy Award in 2016 from the Emperor of Japan. In 2013, he was elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
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