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Lasker Award Recipient Victor Ambros Presents Lecture

Release Date: 09-23-2009

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

The University of Vermont's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Medicine Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Infectious Disease/Immunology and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program are presenting a lecture by Victor R. Ambros, Ph.D., 2008 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award recipient, on Thursday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Davis Auditorium in the Medical Education Center.

Currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Program of Molecular Medicine, Ambros received the 2008 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for discoveries that revealed an unanticipated world of tiny RNAs that regulate gene function in plants and animals. The Lasker Award, one of the most respected science prizes in the world, honors scientists whose fundamental investigations have provided techniques, information, or concepts contributing to the elimination of major causes of disability and death.

In 1993, Ambros' lab was the first to discover a microRNA, single-stranded RNA molecules that play a critical role in gene regulation. Today, Ambros continues his research on microRNA function and gene regulation during development, and is focused on understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms that control cell division, differentiation and morphogenesis in animals.

Ambros earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees and completed postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with David Baltimore and H. Robert Horvitz. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Medical School facult, he held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. Ambros is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to the Lasker Award, he has received numerous honors for his scientific achievements, including the 2002 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 2005 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, and the 2006 Genetics Society of America Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of genetics in the past 15 years.

For more information about the lecture, contact (656-0434) or (656-1056).