Awards & Winners

Gary Ruvkun

Gary Bruce Ruvkun is an American molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Ruvkun discovered the mechanism by which lin-4, the first microRNA discovered by Victor Ambros, regulates the translation of target messenger RNAs via imperfect base-pairing to those targets, and discovered the second miRNA, let-7, and that it is conserved across animal phylogeny, including in humans. These miRNA discoveries revealed a new world of RNA regulation at an unprecedented small size scale, and the mechanism of that regulation. Ruvkun also discovered many features of insulin-like signaling in the regulation of aging and metabolism.

Awards by Gary Ruvkun

Check all the awards nominated and won by Gary Ruvkun.


Massry Prize
(Co-discovery of microRNA)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize


Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For discoveries that revealed an unanticipated world of tiny RNAs that regulate gene function in plants and animals.)
Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For the discovery and characterization of micro RNA's, important in the regulation of gene function.)