Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Robert Koch Award. The award is widely regarded as the leading international prize in microbiology.
Gordon, also the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor, is being honored for his pioneering studies of the body’s trillions of microbes and their role in health and disease. His explorations of gut microbial communities have laid the foundation for new research to understand how microbes and their genes, collectively known as the microbiome, shape many aspects of human physiology, metabolism and immunity.
Gordon’s award includes a prize of 100,000 euros and is a recognition of the significant impact microbiome research is having on the field of microbiology and, more broadly, on research in the biological sciences.
“The Koch award is a well-deserved honor for Jeff and a timely recognition of his role in founding the field of human microbiome research,” said Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor of medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “His studies have changed our view of ‘self’ and of human development, health and disease, and opened the door to new possibilities for 21st-century medicine.”
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