Yoshiki Sasai

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Yoshiki Sasai
Yoshiki Sasai, circa 2012
Born 1962
Hyogo, Japan
Died 5 August 2014(2014-08-05) (aged 52)
Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Fields Biology
Institutions RIKEN
Alma mater Kyoto University

Yoshiki Sasai (笹井 芳樹 Sasai Yoshiki?, 1962 – 5 August 2014) was a Japanese biologist. He was Director of the Laboratory for Organogenesis and Neurogenesis at the research institute RIKEN. Sasai was best known for developing new methods to grow stem cells into organ-like structures.[1]

In 2012, Sasai became the first stem cell researcher to grow an optic cup from human cells.[2]

On August 5, 2014, he was found dead hanging at the RIKEN institute in Kobe, Hyōgo. It is believed that he committed suicide.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tissue engineering: The brainmaker". Nature (journal). Retrieved 6 July 2013. 'He' is Yoshiki Sasai, a stem-cell biologist at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. Sasai has impressed many researchers with his green-fingered talent for coaxing neural stem cells to grow into elaborate structures. 
  2. Dvorsky, George. "Scientists spark the growth of a human eye with stem cells". io9. Retrieved 6 July 2013. Moreover, Sasai's breakthrough marks the first time that such a complicated feat was done with human cells. 
  3. Asahi Shinbun Digital, August 4, 2014