Professor Howard Cedar (Hebrew University) has been awarded the prestigious Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University alongside Professor Aharon Razin (Hebrew University) and Dr Gary Felsenfeld (National Institutes of Health) for their groundbreaking work on how molecules can regulate the structure, behaviour and activity of DNA without modifying its genetic code.
Their research has yielded key insights into how cells and embryos develop, and led to the formation of a new field of biology called Epigenetics.
The Horwitz Prize, first awarded in 1967, is Columbia University’s top honor for achievement in biological and biochemical research. Forty-three Horwitz Prize awardees have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.
Among the innovations attributed to Profs. Cedar and Razin is the concept of epigenetic reprogramming, a key process in development that erases and re-establishes the ability of cells to transform into different types.
Rosetrees is extremely proud to have supported Prof Cedar’s ground breaking work for nearly 15 years and would like to congratulate him on receiving this honour.
The awards ceremony will be held in New York on November 22, 2016, following the 2016 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lectures. The Columbia University announcement is available here.