Piero Carninci awarded Shimadzu Prize

March 7, 2017 NEWS

On 24th Feb 2017, Deputy Director Piero Carninci was awarded for the 36th Shimadzu Prize, and the award ceremony was held at Kyoto Hotel Okura in Kyoto city.

The prize is presented by Shimadzu Science Foundation, which was established by the Japanese manufacturing company Shimadzu Corporation.

He was given this prestigious prize for developing technologies, such as full length cDNA cloning method and CAGE (Cap Analysis of Gene Expression), to quantitatively analyze the transcribed part of the genome (transcriptome). CAGE in particular allows the detection of exact 5’ prime-end sequence of RNA and a precise measurement of the number of its copies, leading to the identification of non-coding RNAs as the major output of the mammalian genome and making possible the creation of comprehensive maps of mammalian transcription start sites. These technologies have been applied within major international research consortia such as FANTOM and ENCODE. His contribution to the basic research and development in the field of scientific instrumentation using these technologies were especially evaluated.

Deputy Director Carninci said "I am very honored to receive this award. I could not be standing here without my team, collegues, division and center. I greatly appreciate the support of all my coworkers of CLST and collaborators."

At the award ceremony (Left:Dr. Hiroo Imura from Shimadzu Science Foundation, Right:Deputy Director Carninci)