University of North Carolina Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Aziz Sancar was born in the city of
Mardin, in 1946. In 1969, he completed his bachelor degree
at Istanbul University, Faculty of
Medicine. In 1977, he completed his doctorate on DNA repair
in the field of Molecular Biology at
the University of Texas at Dallas, USA, with the TUBITAK
scholarship. In 1982, he completed
his associate professorship in the same field of DNA repair at
Yale University. Currently, Prof.
Aziz Sancar continues his research as a lecturer in the
Department of Biochemistry and
Biophysics at the University of North Carolina. Throughout his
academic career, he worked in DNA
repair, cell sequencing, cancer therapy and the circadian
clock. So far, Prof. Sancar has
published 415 scientific papers and 33 books. Throughout his life
his researches have been awarded
many times, the following awards are just some of them:
In 1984 US National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.
In 1990 American Photobiology Association Award
In 1995 US National Institutes of Health (NIH MERIT) Award
In 1997 TUBITAK Award
In 2004 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Award
In 2005 Member of National Academy of Sciences, USA (First American Turk Member)
In 2006 Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)
In 2007 Turkish Vehbi Koç Award
In 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
In 2016 North Carolina Award - the highest civilian honor given by the state.