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Andre Nussenzweig to give Max Birnstiel Lecture

24 Apr 2023

The IMP will welcome the genome biologist Andre Nussenzweig of the NIH National Cancer Institute (USA) for a Max Birnstiel Lecture.

The Birnstiel Lecture series features highly distinguished scientists. In the series’ upcoming edition, the IMP will welcome Andre Nussenzweig of the NIH National Cancer Institute in Maryland, United States. The lecture “Neuronal Genome Stability and Plasticity” will be given at the IMP lecture hall on 17 May 2023, at 11 a.m.

Andre Nussenzweig is a leading contributor to the study of mechanisms that maintain genomic stability and prevent cancer. His laboratory has discovered fundamental features of DNA damage and repair proteins and the critical role they play in health and disease. Ongoing studies have emphasised the importance of DNA repair pathways as drivers of specific haematological malignancies and as contributors to chemoresistance and sensitivity in breast and ovarian cancers.

Nussenzweig received his PhD in physics from Yale University in 1989. He completed his postdoctoral training in atomic physics in Paris with Serge Haroche, physics Nobel laureate of 2012. Nussenzweig then became a research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center prior to joining the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a tenure track investigator in 1998. He received tenure at the NIH in 2003.

Andre Nussenzweig is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, a National Institutes of Health Distinguished Investigator, and member of the US National Academy of Medicine.

Andre Nussenzweig will be hosted by the IMP’s scientific director Jan-Michael Peters.