Dr. Sonenberg is a Gilman Cheney Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University. Dr. Sonenberg carried out pioneering and fundamental work that laid the basis for the understanding of how translation initiation factors promote ribosome binding, and the regulation of initiation factor activity by extracellular stimuli and viruses. He made seminal discoveries demonstrating that control of translation initiation is implicated in cancer, learning and memory, autism and fragile X-syndrome. Dr. Sonenberg holds numerous prizes and honours.
In 2002, he was awarded the Robert L. Noble Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada; he received the Killam Prize for Health Sciences in 2005 and the Gairdner International Award in 2008. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1992, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Royal Society of London, UK in 2006. He became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Rosenstiel Award in 2012. In 2013 he was elected an Associate Member of the EMBO; in 2014 Dr. Sonenberg received the Wolf Prize in Medicine, and in 2015 he was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and Member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA.