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Institute Professor Koch Institute
for Integrative Cancer Research Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

1993 Nobel Prize for
Physiology or Medicine

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Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (formerly the Center for Cancer Research) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for his landmark work on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing.

His lab has now turned its attention to understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

Dr. Sharp’s work has earned him numerous cancer research awards and presidential and national scientific board appointments. He is elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He is also the recipient of the National Medal of Science.

Dr. Sharp earned a B.A. degree from Union College, KY, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is the cofounder of Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and serves on the boards of both companies.


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