Nobel Laureate in Chemistry at USF May 1

TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2008) – Renowned scientist Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will speak at the University of South Florida as part of the USF Nobel Laureate in Science Series May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, Traditions Hall in Tampa. His work in ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation has important implications in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, HIV and the regulation of all key cellular pathways. Analysis of the ubiquitin system is one of the fastest growing research disciplines.

The Israeli-born Dr. Ciechanover earned masters and MD degrees from Hebrew University. His groundbreaking findings were made in collaboration with fellow 2004 Nobel Prize recipients Dr. Avaram Hersko and Dr. Irwin Rose. He has published close to 200 original research articles on ubiquitin proteolysis and has made many of the key observations in this field. He is a Distinguished Professor at the Center for Cancer and Vascular Biology at the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa.

“It is an honor to be in the presence of such a major pioneer and creative thinker in the field of biochemistry,” said James Garey, Director of the Division of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Department of Biology. “The speakers in this series impart a level of knowledge and inspiration that is incalculable. So we encourage all those with an interest in the sciences to interact with this remarkable researcher.”

For more information, contact Dr. Lindsey Shaw at (813) 974-2087.


The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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