Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School, the University of California’s Harry Noller, Roeland Nusse of Stanford University, Yoshinori Ohsumi of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Huda Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine have won 2017 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences. Each award, given on December 4th during a televised ceremony held in California, is worth $3 million.
Dr. Elledge is honored for his pioneering work on DNA-damage response. In 2015, he won a Lasker Award for basic medical research in recognition of his achievements in the field. “I’m truly honored to receive the Breakthrough Prize,” Elledge said “It is deeply gratifying to see the profound impact that basic research can have not only in promoting scientific knowledge but also in improving human health.”