Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov

Portrait of Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov

Ruslan Medzhitov was an undergraduate at Tashkent State University and obtained his PhD from Moscow State University in 1993. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Charles A. Janeway Jr. at Yale University School of Medicine from 1994 to 1999. In 1997 he identified a human homologue of Drosophila Toll (now known as TLR4). He since contributed to the characterization of the mammalian TLR family.

Ruslan became an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine in 1999 and full Professor in 2003. He was selected as a Searle Scholar in 2000. He is currently the David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He recently was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His awards include: The William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology from the Cancer Research Institute, A Master of Arts Privatum at Yale University, The Emil von Behring Award, AAI -BD Biosciences Investigator Award, A Doctor Honoris Causae at the University of Munich, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Arts and Sciences, Howard Taylor Ricketts Award from the University of Chicago, and the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award from Brandeis University.

Symposium Presentation:
Host defense: Immunity and Immunopathology