A California cell biologist will be awarded the Albany Medical Center Prize this week.
Alexander Varshavsky, Ph.D., a professor at the California Institute of Technology, will receive the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center.
Varshavsky is credited with discoveries related to cellular mechanisms that control such vital processes as cell growth and division and responses to stress. His work is credited with highlighting promising and active avenues for development of new drugs for treating cancer, neurodegeneration syndromes like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, autoimmune disorders and other major diseases.
Dr. Vincent Verdile, dean of Albany Medical College and chair of the Albany Prize planning committee, will present the award.