Professor

Michael Sela

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Immunologist; Research institution staff member and administrator
Area
Biological Sciences
Specialty
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Elected
1971
International Honorary Member

Professor Michael Sela is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors, Past President, and Institute Professor of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research centers on the molecular basis of antigenicity, development of synthetic polypeptide antigens crucial in the discovery of the determinant-specific genetic control of the immune response, leading to synthetic vaccines against infectious and autoimmune diseases. He has done research on the development of a polymeric drug-vaccine against multiple sclerosis, prototype of the concept of specificity in vaccines against cancer and autoimmune diseases. He has received Israel Prize, Otto Warburg Medal, Rothschild Prize, Emil von Behring Prize, Gairdner Foundation Award, Institut de la Vie Prize, Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit Award, Officier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur, Albert Einstein Golden Medal, Interbrew-Baillet Latour Health Prize, and Wolf Prize. 

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