Prof. Nahum Sonenberg

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Dr. Sonenberg received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) in 1976. He joined the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, New Jersey as a Chaim Weizmann postdoctoral fellow with Aaron Shatkin. In 1979 he moved to Montreal to become a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University.  Currently he is a Gilman Cheney Chair in the Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill.

Dr. Sonenberg studies the molecular basis of the control of protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells and its importance in diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes and neurological diseases. He made seminal discoveries demonstrating that control of translation initiation is implicated in cancer, learning and memory, autism and fragile X-syndrome. For his research he received, among many others, the Wolf Prize in Medicine in 2014. He is elected member of many prestigious societies: The Royal Society of London; he is Associate Member of the EMBO, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and Member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA.