Professor Theresa Culley, head of UC’s Department of Biological Sciences, said the award reflects well on Allis and his alma mater.
“As a department we’re extremely proud of Dr. Allis and the work that he’s done,” she said.
“This is a nod to his notable accomplishments in the field of epigenetics,” Culley said. “Dr. Allis' groundbreaking research has revealed the role of chromatin in how DNA expression can be modified within cells, with major implications for diseases such as cancer.”
Culley noted that Allis graduated summa cum laude from UC in biological sciences.
“This award to Dr. Allis highlights the importance and quality of undergraduate education in arts and sciences at UC,” Culley said. “We are excited to celebrate this notable achievement with him.”
Several distinguished UC College of Medicine professors have been awarded the Lasker Prize over the years:
— Albert Sabin, who developed the oral vaccine for polio.
— Nobel Prize nominee Elwood Jensen was recognized for his lifesaving work in breast cancer research.
Many recipients of the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Winners are chosen by an international jury of scientists.
The Lasker Foundation also honored AstraZeneca researcher John B. Glen, who developed the anaesthetic propofol, and Joan Argetsinger Steitz of Yale University for her work in RNA biology.