Nahum Sonenberg

Nahum sonenberg mcgill university

James McGill Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Gilman Cheney Chair in Biochemistry

Translational control mechanisms

Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre
Life Sciences Complex
1160 Pine Avenue West
Office: Room 615; Lab: Room 611
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A3
Tel: 514-398-7274; Lab: 514-398-7275
Fax: 514-398-1287
nahum.sonenberg [at]
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Secretary: sonenberg.admin [at] (Annamaria Kiss)
Office: Room 614
Tel: 514-398-5234

1976 - PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science

Professor Sonenberg is the recipient of several distinguished awards and prizes including, the Robert L. Noble Prize of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Killiam Prize for Health Sciences, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, and the Wolf Prize in Medicine, among many others. Additionally, in 2006, Professor Sonenberg was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society and, in 2010, he was appointed the title of Officer of the Order of Canada.

In the news:
“Diabetes drug may help symptoms of autism-associated condition” in McGill Newsroom/Media Relations
“Diabetes drug eases fragile X features in mice” in Spectrum News
“Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s” in McGill Reporter


Research Interests

  • identification and characterization of the various translation factors involved in translation initiation
  • elucidation of the signaling pathways impinging upon translation
  • discovery of physiological consequences of translational control

The laboratory makes use of the latest techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, and has access to various resources available through affiliations with Montreal-based hospitals and institutes including the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Children's Hospital, and the Biotechnology Research Institute including the MUHC, the Douglas Institute, Concordia University, University of Montreal, and the Institut Armand-Frappier.


Publications - Nahum Sonenberg

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