Dr. Sigal Ben-Yehuda to Receive President’s Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher at Hebrew University

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[img_assist|nid=305|title=|desc=Dr. Sigal Ben-Yehuda|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=81]Dr. Sigal Ben-Yehuda to Receive President’s Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher at Hebrew University

December 05 2007 - Dr. Sigal Ben-Yehuda of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Medicine will this week receive the President’s Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher of the Year.

The prize, named for the late president and rector of the university Prof. Yoram Ben-Porath, is being awarded for her “groundbreaking scientific work, her publications and achievements have placed her in the front ranks of young researchers at the university,” said Hebrew University President Prof. Menachem Magidor.

Dr. Ben-Yehuda, of the Department of Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, last year received the Faculty of Medicine’s Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher of the Year. Ben-Yehuda was also the only Israeli researcher who was chosen last year as one of the participants in the prestigious EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Young Investigator Program.

Dr. Ben-Yehuda has led a group of researchers at the Hebrew University who succeeded in observing and describing for the first time how damaged DNA can be naturally identified through a cellular protein. This research sheds new light on the understanding of the molecular mechanism involved in the search for and identification of damaged DNA and will likely aid in further research on diseases in which damaged DNA is involved, such as cancer.

 

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