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Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease

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Friday Lecture Series
Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D., Sterling Professor of Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The inflammatory response protects the body from infection and injury and allows it to reestablish a homeostatic state. But inflammation also operates at a cost to other physiological functions. During inflammation, the body can become more susceptible to certain diseases. Dr. Medzhitov’s research team is trying to learn more about the signals that initiate and control the process of inflammation, as well as the mechanisms responsible for inflammatory diseases.

Ruslan Medzhitov received his B.S. at Tashkent State University and his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Moscow State University in 1993. Dr. Medzhitov went to Yale University School of Medicine for postdoctoral work in the lab of Charles Janeway, Jr. and has been there ever since, becoming a full professor in 2003. He was named the Sterling Professor of Immunobiology last year. He became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2000.

The many honors he has received for his work include the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award, the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, the Vilcek Foundation Prize, the Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences, and the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung Prize. Dr. Medzhitov is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association of the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, EMBO, and the Russian Academy of Sciences (foreign).

Justin Sloboda
(212) 327-7785
Open to
Alexander Tarakhovsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Refreshments, 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Abby Lounge
Justin Sloboda
(212) 327-7785

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