Research and Clinical Interests

A winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 and the Lasker Award in 2000, Hershko was the first researcher to describe the ubiquitin system, which is responsible for the regulated degradation of proteins within the cell. This discovery represented a breakthrough in research on cancer, degenerative diseases in the brain and many other disorders.  A Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Hershko visits and works regularly in the laboratory of Pathology Department member Michele Pagano. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and has been an Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the NYU School of Medicine since 2002.