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Bruce Alberts
  • 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in

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2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science
A prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education. Prof. Alberts is now the Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. Bruce Alberts was awarded the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science.

Education and Work Experience

1985-1990, Professor and Chair of Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF 1993-2005, President of the United States National Academy of Science
2008-2013, Editor-in-Chief, Science Magazine
2013-Present, Chancellor's Leadership Chair in Biochemistry & Biophysics for Science & Education, UCSF

Honors and Awards

1995, Canada Gairdner International Award
2004, National Center for Science Education Friend of Darwin Award
2014, U.S. National Medal of Science
2016, Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science

Major Academic Achievements

Bruce Alberts devised powerful experimental tools that helped him understand the mechanism by which cells copy DNA in his research, thereby establishing a new paradigm of molecular machines that perform crucial physiological functions. Aiming to share not only what he knew about biochemistry, but to teach students how to think like scientists,
he teamed up with a small group of colleagues to write an innovative cell biology textbook, now in its 6th edition, that has inspired countless individuals worldwide to find joy in experimentation, discovery, and logical reasoning. He has championed the notion that science and the institutions that support it provide a crucial foundation for any successful nation, arguing that evidence-based knowledge and value systems are vital for sound decisions that enhance citizens’ welfare. Through his unassuming, honest, and effective
approach, Alberts has earned universal respect and trust from scientists and policy-makers in exery corner of the planet.