October 7, 2019
A professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Gregg Semenza is a professor of pediatrics. He won the award for his discovery of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1), which helps cells cope with low oxygen levels.
According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine website, Semenza is studying the role of HIF-1 in cancer, ischemia and chronic lung disease.
“This is a momentous day for all of us at Johns Hopkins, and we are immensely proud,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University, in a statement. “Gregg’s passion for discovery and the energy with which he pursues that passion exemplify Johns Hopkins’ commitment to create new knowledge that helps make a better and more humane world. That hunger to always know more is what makes Gregg and our Johns Hopkins faculty so extraordinary.”