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Mount Sinai School of Medicine Commencement Honors Leaders in Genetics and Global Health
Date:5/13/2010

is responsible for mapping the first human genome in 2000 and is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous contributions to genomic research. His group has sequenced the human genome and the genomes of more species than any other. More recently, he has directed his innovative genome-based efforts to public health and environmental challenges, including developing novel strategies for genomic medicine, CO2 depletion, and biologic energy production.
  • Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, a practicing surgeon, has had an outstanding research career in the field of pluripotent stem cells, with numerous seminal contributions. Dr. Yamanaka was the co-discoverer of the Nanog gene that encodes a key regulator of pluripotent stem cells. Several years ago he showed that adult cells could be reprogrammed to pluripotent stem cells called induced pluripotent stem cells. In 2008, he successfully established human induced pluripotent stem cells, representing a sea change discovery in the field. Dr. Yamanaka was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his work in 2009.

  • About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

    The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

    The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2009, U.S. News &a
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