NYU Langone Medical Center's Evgeny Nudler Receives 2010 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists for His Breakthrough Research

November 18, 2010 - 5:00am

NYU Langone Medical Center announced that Evgeny Nudler, PhD, the Julie Wilson Anderson Professor of Biochemistry at NYU School of Medicine, was awarded the prestigious 2010 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists for his highly innovative, impactful, and interdisciplinary accomplishments in science. In addition to being recognized for his extraordinary successes in research, he will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds which is provided to support promising scientists early in their careers.

Joining the faculty of the School of Medicine at the age of 26, Dr. Nudler later became the youngest full professor in the School's history and won a $2.5 million Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Dr. Nudler and 12 members of his research team are conducting experiments in four major unrelated areas of research. In September 2009, Dr. Nudler published a breakthrough study in the journal Science that revealed how dangerous bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, can thwart antibiotics. A separate project under his guidance is investigating the mechanism for the critical cellular process of transcription, which creates RNA templates for protein production. His lab has discovered RNA molecules and dubbed riboswitches, which can control gene expression by directly sensing the presence of various metabolites. Another research effort is focusing on protective cell components known as heat shock proteins, and the lab has identified the main factors that spur production of these proteins in response to stress. Finally, a new project on aging, funded in part by Timur Artemyev, is examining how bacteria can affect the lifespan of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.

"Dr. Nudler has made important contributions in a broad range of disciplines and he brings a novel approach to every research project he is a part of. He is one of the most creative scientists; his work is truly remarkable," said Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, senior vice president, vice dean for science and chief scientific officer. "We are very excited that he has received this prestigious award recognizing all that he has done in science and research."

Dr. Nudler's curiosity for the sciences developed during his childhood in Moscow, when his father, noted microbiologist Alexander Nudler, introduced him to microbes at a young age. Building upon his interest, Dr. Nudler went on to earn a PhD from Moscow's Institute of Molecular Genetics in 1995 and was then invited to New York to join the Public Health Research Institute lab of microbiologist Alexander Goldfarb.

The New York Academy of Sciences is the third oldest scientific society in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization with more than 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy's mission is to advance understanding of science and technology. The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists has been established at the Academy by the Blavatnik Family Foundation since 2007 to acknowledge the excellence of the most noteworthy young scientists and engineers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

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