USA citizen of Turkish origin, Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar is awarded with 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize along with two of his colleagues, Paul Modrich (USA) and Tomas Lindahl (Sweden). Sancar, Lindahl and Modrich have won the prize with their research mapping how the cells repair the damaged DNAs and preserve the genetic information.
Prof. Dr. Sancar said in his statement: “I am so happy for myself and for my country. Because I have received the best of education in my country. I have received an extraordinary medical training and which can be considered as the source of my achievement. Therefore, I am grateful to my homeland. I send my love and respect to the Turkish nation”.
3 MILLION TL AWARD
8 Millions of Swedish Crone (approximately 3 million TL) will be submitted on December 10, the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel.
WHO IS AZIZ SANCAR?
Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar, a lecturer at Northern Carolina University, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics had become famous with his invention of “rhythmic hour” in cancer treatment. Sancar was born in Savur district of Mardin in 1946 and his name was reputable with his work on issues such as “DNA repair” and “cell pattern control point”.
After graduating from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine; Sancar was accepted as a member to American National Sciences Academy, one of the three Turks ever accepted. He went to the USA for his doctoral studies in 1977 and he continues with his work in USA since then.