Stephen J. Elledge, PhD, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is a co-recipient of the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, along with Evelyn Witkin, PhD, of Rutgers University. The award is widely considered to be among the most respected in biomedicine.

Elledge and Witkin are being honored for their seminal discoveries that have illuminated the DNA damage response, a cellular pathway that senses when DNA is altered and sets in a motion a series of responses to protect the cell. This pathway is critical to a better understanding of many diseases and conditions, such as cancer.

Read the full press release from Brigham and Women's Hospital. You can also view a video that explains Elledge's work.

Find coverage of the 2015 Lasker award in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.