Tada Taniguchi, Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo, is currently Project Professor of Institute of Industrial Science of The University of Tokyo and Director of Max Planck-The University of Tokyo Center for Integrative Inflammology. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Zurich. His work principally concerns the mechanisms of signal transduction and gene expression that underlie immunity and oncogenesis. His research projects have stemmed from his original identification of two cytokine genes, interferon-beta and interleukin-2, which has laid the groundwork for the molecular characterization of the various systems of cytokines as well as therapeutic advances achieved by the administration of cytokines. His group discovered a family of transcription factors, the interferon regulatory factors (IRFs), which is now known to play integral roles in the regulation of the immune system and cancer.
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