Dr Mario R. Capecchi

In 1937, Dr. Capecchi was born in Verona Italy is now a US citizen. He is best known for developing the technology to target the gene in a mouse embroyo-derived stem (ES) cells. This has allowed many scientists around the globe to create mice with mutations in any desired gene.

His most notable awards are: Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (2001), Wolf Prize in Medicine (2002) and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2007)



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1969, American Chemical Society Award in Biochemistry

1971, America’s Ten Outstanding Young Men Award

1972-74, National Institutes of Health Career Development Award

1974-79, American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award

1987, Distinguished Research Award, University of Utah

1992 to 2001, Recipient of NIH MERIT grant award

1992, Recipient of the Fifth Annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research

Recipient of the 1993 Gairdner Foundation International Award for Achievements in Medical Science

Recipient of the 1994 General Motors Corporation’s Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Prize for Outstanding Basic Science Contributions to Cancer Research

Recipient of the 1996 Molecular Bioanalytics Prize, Germany

Laureate of the 1996 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences

Recipient of the 1998 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence

Recipient of the 1998 Baxter Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences Association of American Medical Colleges

Recipient of the 2000 Horace Mann Distinguished Alumni Award, Antioch College

Recipient of the 2000 Premio Phoenix-Anni Verdi for Genetic Research Award, Italy

Recipient of the 33rd Jiménez-Diáz Prize for Contributions to Medical Genetics, Spain, 2001

Recipient of the 2001 Pioneers of Progress Award

Recipient of the 2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research

2002 Recipient of the State of Utah Governor’s Science and Technology Award
Laureate of the 2001 National Medal of Science
Recipient of NIH MERIT grant award, 2002 to 2011

Recipient of the 2002 John Scott Medal Award

Recipient of the 2002 Shaul and Meira Massry Foundation Prize

2002 Elected to the European Academy of Sciences

Recipient of the 2003 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

Recipient of the 2002/03 Wolf Prize in Medicine

Recipient of the 2005 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology

2007 Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine

2007 Nobel Laureate, Physiology and Medicine with Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans

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    Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine