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Nobel Prize Award Winners

The Nobel Prize bestows international recognition for outstanding contributions to the fields of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. By pushing the boundaries of discovery, innovation, translation and dissemination, several of our distinguished faculty members have been recipients of this prestigious award. 

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Oncology, and Radiation Oncology

Dr. Semenza was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He shares the award with William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D. of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Peter J. Ratcliffe of Oxford University. The Academy recognized him for his ground-breaking discovery in the laboratory of hypoxia inducible factor 1 or HIF-1, which helps cells cope with low oxygen levels. The discovery has far-reaching implications in understanding low oxygen health conditions such as coronary artery disease and tumor growth. 


Carol Grieder

Carol Greider

Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Greider, one of the world’s pioneering researchers on the structure of chromosome ends known as telomeres, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Her improbable discovery of telomerase – a remarkable enzyme that restores telomeres and protects them from damage – catalyzed an explosion of scientific studies which, to this day, probe connections between telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and diseases of aging. 

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