Ruslan Medzhitov obtained his PhD degree from Moscow State University in 1993. He became a Postdoctoral Associate in 1994 working with Dr. Charles A. Janeway, Jr. at Yale University School of Medicine. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the Department of Immunobiology and is currently a David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dr. Medzhitov contributed to the characterization of the function of Toll-like receptors in the mammalian immune system. He helped to define the mechanisms of TLR-mediated signaling, gene induction, and inflammatory responses in physiological and pathological conditions. He contributed to the characterization of the role of innate immune system in the regulation of adaptive immune responses.
His awards include: The Searle Scholarship, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, The William B. Coley Award from the Cancer Research Institute, A Master of Arts Privatum from Yale University, The Emil von Behring Award, The AAI –BD Biosciences Investigator Award, A Doctor Honoris Causae at the University of Munich and Utrecht University, Professor Honoris Causae, Moscow University, Emil von Behring Award, Howard Taylor Ricketts Award, Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award, The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, The Vilcek Prize in Life Sciences, the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation inaugural international prize in immunology, and the inaugural Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a member of EMBO and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy.
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