Leaders in Research

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Pioneering the Future of Medicine

HMS is among the world’s leading medical schools for research. In every department here you will discover not one or two, but entire teams of faculty members who are among the best researchers in their fields.

At HMS, medical research is vibrant, rigorous, and interdisciplinary. Be it within the HMS Quadrangle, at the many other distinguished departments and schools of both Harvard and MIT, or at the many institutions affiliated with HMS, both faculty and students find a world of opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge research projects. Taking advantage of our advanced research facilities and a total research budget that exceeds $2 billion, Harvard medical researchers define, and routinely redefine, the global boundaries of medical research.

It is a commitment that yields rich dividends for the health of the world. HMS had been home to many Nobel Laureates and countless other medical researchers of global repute who have made a substantial difference in the practice of modern medicine.

HMS Nobel Laureates

George Minot,
1934, Medicine and Physiology
Research on liver treatment of the anemias (with William P. Murphy)

William P. Murphy,
1934, Medicine and Physiology
Diabetes and diseases of the blood (with George Minot)

Fritz A. Lipmann,
1953, Medicine and Physiology
Identified coenzyme A and discovered basic principles in the understanding of proteins

John F. Enders,
1954, Medicine and Physiology
Application of tissue-culture methods in developing a polio virus, the ingredient of the polio vaccine (with Frederick C. Robbins* and Thomas H. Weller)

Thomas H. Weller,
1954, Medicine and Physiology
Application of tissue-culture methods to the study of viral diseases (with John F. Enders and Frederick C. Robbins*)

Baruj Benacerraf,
1980, Medicine and Physiology
Discovered that disease-fighting ability is passed on genetically, although the immune-response gene varies from person to person

David Hubel,
1981, Medicine
Research on information-processing in the visual system (with Torsten Wiesel)

Torsten Wiesel,
1981, Medicine
Research on information-processing in the visual system (with David Hubel)

Bernard Lown, Herbert Abrams, Eric Chivian, and James Muller,
1985, Peace
Cofounders, with Evgueni Chazov, Leonid Ilyin, and Mikhail Kuzin from the Soviet Union—of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Joseph E. Murray,
1990, Medicine
Developed new procedures for organ transplant (with E. Donnall Thomas, formerly of the University of Washington)

Linda Buck,
2004, Medicine
Discovered the odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, explaining the sense of smell (with Richard Axel, Columbia University)

Jack Szostak,
2009, Medicine
Discovered how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase (with Elizabeth Blackburn, UCSF and Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins)

*Robbins was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done while a member of the Harvard faculty. When the award was made, he was a member of the faculty of Western Reserve University.



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