Bruce Beutler: Biography

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Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann

2007 Balzan Prize for Innate Immunity

For their discovery of the genetic mechanisms responsible for innate immunity. They have worked in close cooperation to develop a new vision of the molecular defence strategy deployed by animals across a wide evolutionary spectrum against infectious agents. Their work has led to very promising medical applications.

Biographical and bibliographical data
Bruce A. Beutler, born in Chicago on 29 December 1957, is a US citizen.
He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Genetics at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla.
He received his B.A. from the University of California in 1976 and his M.D. from the University of Chicago in 1981. From 1981 to 1983 he continued his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Between 1983 and 1985 he was Fellow at Rockefeller University of New York, where he became Assistant Professor in 1985. He was also Associate Physician at the Rockefeller University Hospital between 1984 and 1986.
He returned to Dallas in 1986 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he became Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. In Dallas he was also an Assistant Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1986, and became an Associate Investigator in 1991. Since 2000 he has been at The Scripps Research Institute.
Bruce A. Beutler is Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American Association of Immunologists. He is also a member of the International Mammalian Genome Society.
Jules Hoffmann and Bruce Beutler co-edited the Section on Innate Immunity in Current Opinion in Immunology, 2003.

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