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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to Host Nobel Laureate Dr. Aaron Ciechanover

The George Washington University Medical Center’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology welcomes the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Aaron J. Ciechanover, M.D., Ph.D., for The Nobel Laureate Distinguished Lecture Series.

In his lecture titled “The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System: From Basic Mechanisms through Human Disease and Onto Drug Targeting,” Dr. Ciechanover will discuss the primary mechanism which controls the levels of cellular regulatory proteins in living cells and the impact of its deregulation in human health and disease. Dr. Ciechanover shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 with Robert Irwin Rose and Avram Hershko.

Title: The Ubiquitin Poteolytic System: From Basic Mechanisms through Human Disease and Onto Drug Targeting

When: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Where: Ross Hall, Room 117, Washington, D.C. 20037

Biography in brief

Laureate of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004

Distinguished Research Professor, Faculty of Medicine, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

Prof. Aaron Ciechanover obtained his M.Sc. (1970) and M.D. (1974) from "Hadassah" and the Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem and D.Sc. (1981) from Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa in Israel. He has received several Academic Awards, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004. He also has won several Academic Honors as well as the Sir Hans Krebs Medal (FEBS) and every year since 2004, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorate or Professor in various universities. He also received Honorary Citizenship many times including from City of Lima, Peru.

Prof. Ciechanover has given his lecture in various institutes since 1979 after going through his clinical training for 7 years (1973-1979) in "Rambam" University Medical Center. Between 1974 and 1977, he was also a member of National Compulsory Service, Israel Defense Forces. Since 1992 he began his professorship in Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology while assuming a position of Director (1993-2000) in The Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences. He has also served as visiting professor to various academic institutions in the US, Japan, and Sweden.