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Aaron Ciechanover

AKA Aaron J. Ciechanover

Born: 1-Oct-1947
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Israel
Executive summary: Ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation

Military service: Israeli Navy (1974-77, to Major)

Aaron Ciechanover won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004, for discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation, the means by which the cells of most living things discard unnecessary proteins. Ciechanover conducted his research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and he shared the Nobel honors with his collaborators, Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose. A physician and biochemist, Ciechanover said he was not only surprised to win the Nobel Prize, but doubly surprised that it was in the Chemistry category, instead of Medicine.

Father: Yitzhak Ciechanover (office worker, d. 1964)
Mother: Bluma Lubashevsky (English teacher, d. 1958)
Brother: Yossi Ciechanover ("Joseph", attorney)
Wife: Menucha Ciechanover

    High School: Hugim High School, Haifa, Israel (1965)
    University: MS Medicine, Hebrew University (1969)
    Medical School: MD, Hebrew University (1972)
    University: D.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology (1981)
    Scholar: Cancer research, Fox Chase Cancer Center (1978-81)
    Scholar: Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981-84)
    Teacher: Biochemistry, Israel Institute of Technology (1984-92)
    Professor: Biochemistry, Israel Institute of Technology (1992-)

    Lasker Award 2000
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2004 (with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose)
    National Academy of Sciences
    Jewish Ancestry
    Polish Ancestry Paternal

Author of books:
The Ubiquitin-Proteasome Proteolytic System:From Classical Biochemistry to Human Diseases (2003, with Maria G. Masucci)

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