Michael Houghton (scientist)
|Institutions||University of Alberta
|Alma mater||University of East Anglia (BSc)
King's College London (PhD)
|Thesis||RNA Polymerases and Transcription in the Chicken Oviduct (1977)|
|Known for||Hepatitis C
|Notable awards||Robert Koch Prize 1993
Lasker Award 2000
Gairdner Foundation International Award 2013 (declined)
Michael Houghton, PhD
Michael Houghton is a British scientist, who along with Qui-Lim Choo, George Kuo and Daniel W Bradley, co-discovered Hepatitis C in 1989. He is currently Li Ka Shing Professor of Virology at the University of Alberta.
After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia in 1972 and a PhD in Biochemistry from King's College London in 1977, Houghton joined G. D. Searle & Company before moving to Chiron Corporation in 1982. It was at Chiron that Houghton together with colleagues Qui-Lim Choo and George Kuo, and D.W. Bradley from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first discovered Hepatitis C. He also discovered the Hepatitis D genome.
He was awarded the Robert Koch Prize in 1993, and the Lasker Award in 2000. In 2013 he become the first person to decline the $100,000 Gairdner Foundation International Award stating "I felt that it would be unfair of me to accept this award without the inclusion of two colleagues, Dr. Qui-Lim Choo and Dr. George Kuo".
- "MMI Faculty - Michael Houghton, PhD". Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- Liver Cirrhosis and Its Development - Google Books. books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
- Wang, KS; Choo, QL, Weiner, AJ, Ou, JH, Najarian, RC, Thayer, RM, Mullenbach, GT, Denniston, KJ, Gerin, JL, Houghton, M (9 October 1986). "Structure, sequence and expression of the hepatitis delta (delta) viral genome". Nature 323 (6088): 508–14. doi:10.1038/323508a0. PMID 3762705.
- "World-renowned virologist named recipient of Gairdner Award". March 22, 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- Boesveld, Sarah (20 March 2013). "Edmonton scientist turns down $100,000 ‘baby Nobel’ because it shut out colleagues". Retrieved 13 January 2014.
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