Distinguished Research Professor,
The Salk Institute, La Jolla, USA.
Sydney Brenner is one of the past century’s leading pioneers in genetics and molecular biology. Most recently, Brenner has been studying vertebrate gene and genome evolution. His work in this area has resulted in new ways of analyzing gene sequences, which has developed a new understanding of the evolution of vertebrates.
Among his many notable discoveries, Brenner established the existence of messenger RNA and demonstrated how the order of amino acids in proteins is determined. He also conducted pioneering work with the roundworm, a model organism now widely used to study genetics. His research with Caenorhabditis elegans garnered insights into aging, nerve cell function and controlled cell death, or apoptosis.
Salk Distinguished Research Professor Sydney Brenner shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine for selecting the worm C. elegans as a model system for studying human physiology. Brenner's discoveries provided invaluable insights into our understanding of cancer, strokes, and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
1965 : Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1971 : Albert Lasker Medical Research Award
1974 : Royal Medal, Royal Society of London
1976 : Honorary DSc, University of Chicago
1978 : Gairdner Foundation International Award, Canada
1980 : Krebs Medal, Federation of European Biochemical Societies
1981 : Ciba Medal, Biochemical Society
1985 : Foreign Member of Real Academia de Ciencias, Spain
1986 : Rosenstiel Award, Brandeis University, USA
1987 : Prix Louis Jeantet de Medecine, Switzerland
1987 : Harvey Prize, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
1988 : Waterford Bio-Medical Science Award, The Research Institute of Scripps Clinic
1988 : External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck Society
1989 : Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences
1989 : Honorary Member of the Chinese Society of Genetics, Taiwan
1990 : Kyoto Prize
1991 : Gairdner Foundation International Award, Canada
1992 : King Faisal International Prize for Science, King Faisal Foundation
1992 : Associe Etranger, Académie des Sciences, Paris, France
2000 : Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science
2001 : Novartis Drew Award In Biomedical Research