Alexander Levitzki

Alexander Levitzki

Alexander Levitzki

Birth : (1940-08-13)13 August 1940(age 80) Jerusalem,Mandatory Palestine

Personal Information

Name Alexander Levitzki
Birth (1940-08-13)13 August 1940(age 80) Jerusalem,Mandatory Palestine
Birth Place (age 80) Jerusalem,Mandatory Palestine
Nationality Israeli
Alma Mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Fields Biochemistry
Institution Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life

1940

Alexander Levitzki (Hebrew: אלכסנדר לויצקי; born 13 August 1940) is an Israeli biochemist who is a professor of biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1940

Levitzki was born in 1940 in Palestine.

1968

He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science, in 1968.

1970

In 1970, Levitzki became a senior scientist at the Department of Biophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science.

1974

In 1974, he became an associate professor at the same institute.

1974

In 1974, he became an associate professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1976

In 1976, he was promoted to professor of biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1993

Levitzki demonstrated (1993) that such an inhibitor of Bcr-Abl kinase induces death of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells.

1996

This work led to the development of Gleevec by Novartis (1996) that is currently used, with great success, for therapy of patients afflicted by this disease.

2006

In 2006 his research team developed a method for inducing brain tumor cells to "commit suicide".

1990

In 1990, he was awarded the Israel Prize, in life sciences (following in the footsteps of his father, Jacob Levitzki, who had received the prize, for exact sciences, in 1953).

2005

In 2005, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Medicine for "pioneering signal transduction therapy and for developing tyrosine kinase inhibitors as effective agents against cancer and a range of other diseases".


Honors

  • I. & H. Wachter Award, I. & H. Wachter Foundation (2014)