Mount Sinai Microbiologist Receives 2010 ICAAC Young Investigator Award for His Work Focusing on Virus Infection

Dr. Benjamin tenOever was honored with the 2010 ICAAC Young Investigator Award by the American Society for Microbiology.

New York, NY
 – September 15, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Benjamin tenOever, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been honored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) with the 2010 ICAAC Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes an early-career scientist for research excellence in microbiology and infectious diseases. The award was presented during ASM’s 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), September 12-15, in Boston, Massachusetts.

"It is a great honor to be recognized on a national scale by the American Society for Microbiology," said Dr. tenOever. "I am thankful to the chair of my department, Dr. Peter Palese, for nominating me and look forward to continuing to work with the talented members of my lab on researching the interface between small RNA biology and virus replication."

ASM is the world’s oldest and largest life-science organization and has more than 40,000 members worldwide. ASM’s mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and promote the use of scientific knowledge for improved health, economic, and environmental well-being.

Dr. tenOever’s research focuses on the molecular biology of virus infection, specifically the intricacies governing the cell’s response to infection and the subsequent exploitation of that knowledge to generate novel strategies for vaccine and antiviral drug design. He has also expanded his research to include the role of miRNAs in the cellular response to virus infection.

In addition to his research, Dr. tenOever has taught both molecular biology and virology and has become a noted lecturer. Prior to joining Mount Sinai in 2007, he served as assistant director of the DNA Sequencing and Genotyping Facility at Harvard University. More than a dozen high impact journals have published Dr. tenOever’s research, including Science, Immunity, RNA, PNAS Nature Biotechnology and Cell. Dr. tenOever, a 2008 Pew Scholar, has received a long list of prestigious honors including the Presidential Early Career in Science and Engineering Award, the highest honor given by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent careers.

Dr. tenOever received his PhD in Experimental Medicine from McGill University in 2004 and completed his postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at Harvard University in 2007.

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