Current Issue: November 25, 2011

Nobel laureate Ralph Steinman dies at 68

steinman1Ralph Steinman, an immunologist who spent his entire career at Rockefeller and died just days before the Nobel Prize committee announced his name, passed away on September 30 after a four-and-a-half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Steinman, who discovered dendritic cells with Rockefeller immunologist Zanvil Cohn in 1972, spawned an entire branch of immunology devoted to understanding how the immune system is coordinated and how it learns to recognize infectious microorganisms and tumor cells. His recent work led to the development of an experimental human vaccine for HIV which began clinical testing last year.


Leslie B. Vosshall, the 2011 Gill Young Investigator Award from the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. The award recognizes exceptional scientists who have emerged as international leaders in cellular, membrane or molecular neuroscience. Dr. Vosshall is Robin Chemers Neustein Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.