Dr. Sergei Kotenko is Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New Jersey Medical School, the Newark, NJ campus of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Kotenko is being honored for his seminal discovery and cloning of the type III interferons (IFN lambda 1, 2, & 3 or IL-29, IL-28A & B) and their receptors; this work was published in Nature Immunology. The type III IFN discovery is making a major impact in the interferon field as it relates to highly pathogenic viruses, in particular influenza virus and hepatitis C virus.
Dr. Eleanor Fish is Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology at Toronto General Research Institute.Dr. Fish is being h onored for her distinguished career characterized by sustained, high-quality science focused on the role of interferons in viral defense and clinical infections.As an example, she performed cutting-edge translational studies during the response to the SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2003, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).