Alberto R. Kornblihtt
Alberto R. Kornblihtt was born in 1954 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated as a biologist (1977) from the School of Sciences (FCEN) of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry (UBA, 1980) at the Campomar Foundation, supervised by Héctor Torres. He did a post-doc (1981-1984) at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford (UK) with Tito Baralle, where he cloned the human fibronectin gene and found its alternative splicing. He is Plenary Professor at the Department of Physiology, Molecular and Cell Biology of the of the FCEN and Director of the Institute of Physiology, Molecular Biology and Neurosciences of the National Research Council (IFIBYNE-UBA-CONICET) of Argentina. From 2002 to 2017 he was an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and a member of EMBO. He served the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science (2010-2015). He is also a member of the Argentine National Academies of Sciences and of Exact and Natural Sciences and of the Latin American Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship (1991), the prize Investigator of the Argentine Nation (2010), granted by the President of Argentina, the TWAS prize in Medical Sciences (2012) and the Diamond Konex award as the most relevant scientist of the decade of his country (2013), ex aequo with the theoretical physicist Juan Martín Maldacena. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transcription and acted as President of the Argentine Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SAIB) for the term 2010-2011.