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Laboratory of Receptor Biology

 
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Robert J.Lefkowitz, MD


 Dr. Lefkowitz was born on April 15, 1943, in New York City where he attended school. He was an undergraduate at Columbia College from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966 with an M.D. Degree. After serving an internship and one year of general medical residency at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, he served as a Clinical and Research Associate with Drs. Jesse Roth and Ira Pastan at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed his medical residency and research and clinical training in cardiovascular disease. During this time, he continued his research in the laboratories of Dr. Edgar Haber and was a teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School. Upon completing this training in 1973, he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. In 1977 he was promoted to Professor of Medicine and in 1982 to James B. Duke Professor of Medicine. He is also Professor of Biochemistry. He has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1976 and was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association from 1973 to 1976.

 

Dr. Lefkowitz has received numerous awards and honors. 1962 Phi Beta Kappa; 1964 Roche Prize for Excellence in Medical Studies; 1965 Alpha Omega Alpha; 1966 Janeway Prize; 1973-1976 Established Investigator of the American Heart Association; 1976 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; 1978 Young Scientist Award of the Passano Foundation; 1978 John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; 1979 Young Investigator Award, American College of Clinical Pharmacology; 1979 George W. Thorn Award for Scientific Excellence of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; 1982 Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Award of the Endocrine Society; 1982 James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center; 1982 Gordon Wilson Medal, American Clinical and Climatological Assn.; 1983 Lita Annenberg Hazen Award for Excellence in Clinical Research; 1985 Award for Outstanding Research of the International Society for Heart Research; 1986 Goodman and Gilman Award of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; 1986 Harry B. van Dyke Award for Excellence in Medical Research from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University; 1986 Steven C. Beering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science of the Indiana University School of Med.; 1987 North Carolina Award for Science; 1988 National Academy of Sciences; 1988 American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 1988 Gairdner Foundation International Award; 1990 Novo Nordisk Biotechnology Award; 1990 Association of American Medical Colleges Biomedical Research Award; 1990 American Heart Association Basic Research Prize; 1990 Honorary Member Japanese Biochemical Society; 1991 City of Medicine Award with Alfred Gilman and Phillip Leder, Durham, North Carolina; 1992 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumnus Award for Distinguished Achievements in Medicine; 1992 Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cardiovascular Research; 1992 The Giovanni Lorenzini Prize for Basic Biomedical Research; 1993 Columbia University.

 

College of Physicians and Surgeons Joseph Mather Smith Prize; 1994 Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences; 1995 The Endocrine Society Gerald D. Aurbach Lecture Award; 1996 Miami 1996 Bio/Technology Winter Symposia Feodor Lynen Award; 1996 Ciba Award for Hypertension Research; 1997 Glorney-Raisbeck Award in Cardiology, The New York Academy of Medicine, 2000 NOVARTIS/DREW Award in Biomedical Research; 2000 F.E. Shideman-Sterling Award, University of Minnesota; 2001 The Louis and Arture Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Disease; 2001 Fred Conrad Koch Award, The Endocrine Society; 2001 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal, The National Academy of Sciences; 2001 Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award, International Society for Heart Research; 2001 The Francis Gilman Blake Award, Association of American Physicians; 2001 Appointed Fellowship in the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences and 2002 15th Annual Pasarow Cardiovascular Research Award, The Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation.

 

He has served on the editorial boards of ten leading journals in the fields of biochemistry, pharmacology and clinical investigation and as the president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physician. Dr. Lefkowitz has published more than 700 articles, authored or co-authored three books including the seventh edition of the Principles of Biochemistry and given many named and honorary lectures throughout the country and abroad.


 
 
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