Einstein Researcher Receives Prestigious Kimmel Scholar Award, Given to Promising Young Scientists

Feb 6, 2006 — Dr. Dmitry Fyodorov, assistant professor of cell biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, has received a prestigious Kimmel Scholar Award in support of his research on biochemistry and genetics of chromatin assembly.

The award, which includes a two-year grant from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, was created to advance the careers of young, gifted physicians and Ph.D.s involved in cancer research.

Dr. Fyodorov joined the Einstein faculty last year after serving six years as a postdoctoral research biologist in the laboratory of Dr. James Kadonaga at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In addition to publishing numerous papers, reviews and book chapters, Dr. Fyodorov holds a patent on reagents and methods for screening compounds used in treating neurological disorders. His current research focuses on the assembly of chromatin, the DNA/protein complex that makes up each chromosome and is essential for regulation of DNA metabolism.

“Understanding chromatin’s structure may improve our understanding of the molecular basis for human disease, including cancer,” he explains.

Originally from Estonia, in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Fyodorov earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, as well as a master’s degree in molecular biology and biophysics from the Shemyakin Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow, and a Ph.D. in neurosciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While pursuing his postdoctoral studies at UCSD, Dr. Fyodorov was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Cancer Society.

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