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Horvath Named Shapiro Professor

Professor’s research leads to improved diagnostic tools, treatment options

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February 9, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON -- Curt Horvath, professor of molecular biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and of medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named the Soretta and Henry Shapiro Research Professor in Molecular Biology.

Horvath’s research focuses on how polypeptide signals, cytokines important for antiviral and antitumor immunity, specify alterations in gene expression patterns. Advancements in understanding these processes will improve diagnostic tools and treatment options for virus infections as well as many diseases resulting from defective cell signaling, like cancer, immune dysfunction and birth defects.

Horvath was recruited from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and held the Jean Ruggles Romerson Chair in Cancer Research at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He also was a senior scientist from 2004 to 2010 at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, and is the director of the Viral Oncogenesis Program at the Lurie Cancer Center. He is the current recipient of four National Institutes of Health grants. He also is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is on the editorial board of several publications, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Virology.
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