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Shozo Yokoyama, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Yokoyama has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of molecular evolution and biology, genetics and academia

    ATLANTA, GA, November 12, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Shozo Yokoyama, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Yokoyama celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Yokoyama was recently designated as an Asa G. Candler professor emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta in 2019. Teaching in the department of biology for more than 15 years, he has specialized in molecular evolution and genetics. As a seasoned scientist, Dr. Yokoyama has contributed his wealth of knowledge to over 150 articles as author or co-author on genetics and adaptation of vertebrate vision, quantum chemistry, molecular evolution, human genetics, and, among other topics, theoretical population genetics in various scholarly journals over the past 45 years.

In addition to teaching on campus, Dr. Yokoyama has also maintained his own laboratory within the department, the Yokoyama Laboratory, where he focused his research mainly on the molecular genetics and evolution of color and dim-light vision in vertebrates. The aforementioned laboratory has also focused on conducting genetic analyses of the visual pigments of a variety of organisms. Moreover, Dr. Yokoyama was recognized as the first in his field to discover the specific amino acids that regulate red-green color vision and ultraviolet vision in vertebrate species.

A scholar for more than 40 years, Dr. Yokoyama began his career as an assistant professor at Washington University in 1978 before accepting an academic appointment at the University of Illinois from 1987 to 1991. He further flourished as a professor at Syracuse University in New York, with which he was later promoted as a distinguished professor from 2002 to 2003. In addition to his commitments, Dr. Yokoyama also served as a panel member for the National Institutes of Health's genetics study section between 1988 and 1991.

Born in Japan, Dr. Yokoyama studied locally, earning a Bachelor of Science in plant breeding at Miyazaki University in 1968. He subsequently obtained a Master of Science in plant breeding at Kyushu University in 1971. Dr. Yokoyama later graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in biomathematics at the University of Washington in 1977.

During his renowned career, Dr. Yokoyama has been active as a member and the past president of the American Genetics Association. A celebrated Marquis listee, he has been cited in the 65th edition of Who's Who in America. Although he is retired, he continues to conduct research in his field. In fact, Dr. Yokoyama has recently been collaborating with a colleague from Saudi Arabia in studying the novel coronavirus in sequence analysis.

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