Angelika Amon, A Member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and the Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor in Cancer Research wins 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Science. She is honored for transformative advances which helps study the living system and extending human life.

She will receive this honor for her work on aneuploidy, an abnormal chromosome number which is a result of missegregation of chromosomes during cell division. Along with the award, she will receive a $3 million prize.

Tyler Jacks, the director of Amon’s insitute says,

“Angelika Amon is an outstanding choice to receive the Breakthrough Prize.
Her work on understanding how cells control the decisions to divide and the effects of imbalances in chromosome number has helped shape how we think about normal development and disease. Angelika is a fearless investigator and a true scientist’s scientist. All of us in the Koch Institute and across MIT are thrilled by this news.””

Along with Amon, two MIT Alumni, Eugene Mele, PhD’ 78 and Charles Kane’ 89 will share the breakthrough award in Fundamental Physics. They are being honored for their ideas about topology and symmetry in physics. They have predicted a new class of material which will conduct electricity on their surface.

Source- MIT News