Aaron Judah Ciechanover
Professor Aaron Judah Ciechanover is a Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in Medical Sciences at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Drs. Hershko and Rose for the discovery of the ubiquitin protein degradation system. This discovery led to the unraveling of the mechanisms of numerous diseases, including malignancies and neurodegenerative disorders and subsequently to the development of novel drugs. He has used education to science and technology as a platform to promote peace in the Middle East as well. He has also received awards such as the Medical Magnus Medal, Israel Prize, EMET (Truth) Prize, Albert and Mary Lasker Award, the Michael Landau (Mifa’al Ha’Peis) Award, and Sir Hans Krebs Medal. Some of his memberships include the American Association for Advancement of Science, Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and Albert Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine, while also serving on the boards of NY Academy of Sciences and the "Israel Medical Association Journal." He has had visiting appointments at M.I.T., Harvard Medical School, Washington University School of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU).