Howard Cedar

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Howard Cedar
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Howard Cedar in 2008
Born (1943-01-12) January 12, 1943 (age 72)
New York City, U.S.
Nationality Israeli American
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Alma mater New York University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notable awards Gairdner Prize (2011)
EMET Prize (2009)
Wolf Prize in Medicine (2008)
Israel Prize (1999)

Howard Cedar or Haim Cedar (Hebrew: חיים סידר; born January 12, 1943) is an Israeli American biochemist who worked on DNA methylation, the mechanism that turns genes on and off.


Cedar was born in the United States. He received a bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and, in 1970, received a MD and PhD from the New York University.[1]

From 1970 to 1973, he worked for the U.S. Army’s Public Health Service and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.[1]

He joined the medical school of Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1973, and serves as a professor of the Department for Biochemistry and Genetics of Human Cell and Chairperson of the Department for Developmental Biology & Cancer Research, The Institute for Medical Research, Israel-Canada (IMRIC).[2]

He is married to Zipporah, a drama therapist, and has six children, one of whom is Joseph Cedar, a film writer and director.

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