The Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced Friday that Nobel Laureate and distinguished Salk research professor Renato Dulbecco, was awarded the President's Medal for Excellence by Indiana University.
One of the highest honors an IU president can bestow, criteria for the medal include distinction in public service, service to IU, achievement in a profession and extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education and industry.
"Renato Dulbecco is a brilliant investigator and scientific visionary," Salk President William R. Brody said in a written statement. "His extraordinary contributions to science epitomize everything the President's Medal stands for and we are delighted that Indiana University has recognized his remarkable achievements with this award."
A Founding Fellow of the Salk Institute and President Emeritus, Dulbecco was one of four Nobel Laureates who worked together at IU in the life sciences during the late 1940s. He is credited with playing a pivotal role in the development of modern molecular biology and revealing the biochemical basis of our genetic codes.
Dulbecco's seminal research provided the first clue to the genetic nature of cancer and he was jointly awarded the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and for discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.
In 1986, Dulbecco initiated the idea of studying all human genes, helping to launch the worldwide Human Genome Project.
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