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David Allis, pioneer in epigenetics, to receive prestigious Japan Prize
Date:1/28/2014

whose studies have added an entirely new dimension to our understanding of cellular regulation and the relationship between genes and disease," says Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Rockefeller's president. "It is enormously gratifying to see him honored with this prestigious international award."

The Japan Foundation awards the Japan Prize every year to scientists and researchers in two categories who, regardless of nationality, have made substantial contributions to their fields as well as to peace and prosperity of mankind. Since its inception in 1985 the Japan Prize has been awarded to 81 people from 13 countries. Alongside Allis, Yasuharu Suematsu of the Tokyo Institute of Technology was awarded this year's prize in electronics, information and communication for his research on semiconductor lasers in optical fiber communication.

Allis is the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor and head of Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from Indiana University and performed postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester. He held academic positions at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and at the University of Virginia before joining Rockefeller in 2003.

Allis is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of the 2011 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award, the 2008 ASBMB-Merck Award, the 2007 Gairdner Award, the 2004 Wiley Prize, the 2003 Massry Prize and the 2002 Dickson Prize in Biomedical Sciences.


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Contact: Zach Veilleux
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212-327-8982
Rockefeller University
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