Professor Jack W. Szostak

Jack Szostak is a biologist specialising in genetics. He is a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Together with Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider he was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of how telomeres protect chromosomes.

He also works as an Alexander Rich Distinguished Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

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1971 McGill University Scholarship
1971 Walter W. Ross III Memorial Scholarship
1972 Penhallow Prize in Botany, McGill University
1975 Andrew D. White Fellowship, Cornell University
1978 National Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship
1994 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology
1994 Jean Weigle Lecture, Université de Genéve
1995 William Rauscher Memorial Lecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1996 Dolman Lectures and Award, University of British Columbia
1996 Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennesey ’Vinci of Excellence’ Award
1997 Susan Swerling Memorial Lecture, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
1997 Hans Sigrist Prize, University of Bern, Switzerland
1998 Proctor and Gamble Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaigne
1998 Alfred Burger Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Virginia
1998 elected member of National Academy of Sciences
1998 Harvey Society Lecturer
1999 Fellow of New York Academy of Sciences
2000 Genetics Society of America Medal
2001 Capital Science Lecture, Carnegie Institution of Washington
2003 Harrison Howe Award, American Chemical Society, Rochester section
2004 Mendel Center Lecture, Mendel’s Abby, Brno, Czech Republic
2005 Visiting Fellow, Brasenose College and Astor Lecturer, Oxford University

  1. Szostak, J.W, Blackburn, E.H., Cloning yeast telomeres on linear plasmid vectors. In: Cell 1982; 29: 245-55
  2. Szostak, J.W., Orr-Weaver, T.L., Rothstein, R.J., Stahl, F.J., The double-strand-break repair model for recombination. In: Cell 1983; 33: 25-35
  3. Murray, A.W., Szostak , J.W., Construction of artificial chromosomes in yeast. In: Nature 1983; 305: 189-193
  4. Roberts, R.W., Szostak, J.W., RNA-peptide fusions for the in vitro selection of peptides and proteins. In: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 1997; 94: 12297-12302
  5. Seelig, B., Szostak, J.W., Selection and evolution of enzymes from a partially randomized non-catalytic scaffold. In: Nature 2007; 448: 828-831.

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    Professor: Genetics, Harvard Medical School (1988-present)