Stephen Elledge

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Stephen J. Elledge
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Stanford University
AwardsNAS Award in Molecular Biology (2002)
Genetics Society of America Medal (2005)
Dickson Prize (2010)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (2013)
Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research(2015)
Gruber Prize in Genetics (2017)
Scientific career
Molecular Biology
InstitutionsBrigham and Women's Hospital

Stephen Joseph Elledge (born August 7, 1956 in Paris Illinois) is an American geneticist. He is currently the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and Medicine in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and in the Division of Genetics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He earned his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and his Ph.D. in biology from MIT.[1] His research is focused on the genetic and molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic response to DNA damage. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator since 1993.

In 2012, he was awarded the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science from Brandeis University.[2] In 2015, he was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research alongside Evelyn Witkin "for discoveries concerning the DNA-damage response—a fundamental mechanism that protects the genomes of all living organisms".[3] In 2016, he was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. In 2017 he received the Gruber Prize in Genetics.[4]


  1. ^ Brownlee, Christen. "Biography of Stephen J. Elledge". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ Rosenstiel Award
  3. ^ Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award 2015
  4. ^ 2017 Gruber Prize in Genetics

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