Nahum Sonenberg Biochemistry

Cancer researcher, whose work is leading to the creation of new anti-cancer treatments

The Story

Originally from Israel, Sonenberg pursued his doctorate at the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the top multidisciplinary research institutions in the world. He was awarded a Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted his post-doctoral work at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in Nutley, New Jersey.

In 1979, he joined McGill University where he continues research and teaching. He studies biological processes in normal and cancer cells to develop gene therapies and anti-cancer drugs. Dr. Sonenberg also works on poliovirus, rhinoviruses, HIV and the hepatitis C virus.

Sources:

Dr. Sonenberg’s Laboratory

Sonenberg: the science of translation

McGill Cancer Centre

Israeli-born McGill biochemist’s cancer research attracts prestigious honours

Image: Sonenberg Laboratory, McGill University

 

The Person

Birthplace
Israel
Residence
Montreal, Quebec
Family Members
  • Wife
  • Two daughters
Title
James McGill Professor of Biochemistry
Office
Department of Biochemistry and McGill Cancer Center, McGill University, Montreal
Status
Working
Degrees
  • B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Microbiology and Immunology), Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry) the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rechovot, Israel, 1976
Awards
  • Killam Prize, 2005
  • Robert L. Noble Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2002
  • David Thompson Award, McGill University, 1994
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1992
  • HHMI International Research Scholar Award, 1997
Last Updated
December 26, 2011
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