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Jack Szostak

Advisor - Trivedi School of Biosciences
Professor, University of Chicago

Ph.D, Cornell University


  • 2022-present: Professor, University of Chicago
  • 2012-2022: Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • 2000-present: Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 1998-present: Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Research Focus Area

  • Origins of Life
  • Self-replicating RNA

Awards and Honors

  • Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, 2009
  • H.P. Heineken Prize in Biophysics and Biochemistry, 2008
  • Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, 2006
  • Medal of the Genetics Society of America, 2000
  • Sigrist Prize, University of Bern, 1997
  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, 1994
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, American Philosophical Society
  • Fellow, Royal Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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