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Michel C. Nussenzweig, MD, PhD
Investigator / 1990–Present

Scientific Discipline

Immunology, Molecular Biology

Institution

The Rockefeller University

Current Position

Dr. Nussenzweig is also Zanvil A. Cohn and Ralph M. Steinman Professor and a senior physician at the Rockefeller University.

Current Research

Immunity and Tolerance

The focus of the Nussenzweig laboratory is to understand the development of effective antibody responses with the ultimate goal of learning how to elicit vaccine responses against complex pathogens such as HIV-1. These responses require production of a diverse collection of B-lymphocytes expressing non-self reactive antibodies and their activation by T cells, which are in turn activated by antigen presenting dendritic cells (DCs).

Biography

Dr. Nussenzweig obtained his Ph.D. degree for work on dendritic cells with Ralph Steinman at Rockefeller. He earned an M.D. degree from New York University Medical School. Dr. Nussenzweig trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases…

Dr. Nussenzweig obtained his Ph.D. degree for work on dendritic cells with Ralph Steinman at Rockefeller. He earned an M.D. degree from New York University Medical School. Dr. Nussenzweig trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. His postdoctoral research was done with Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School on immunoglobulin genes and B cell development. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Education

  • BA, New York University
  • PhD, The Rockefeller University
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine

Awards

  • Solomon A. Berson Award for Basic Science
  • Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Scientific Research, Arthritis Foundation
  • Brazilian Diaspora Award, Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development
  • Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize in Immunology and Cancer Research, Hebrew University
  • Robert Koch Award
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Memberships

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • National Academy of Medicine
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine
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