Victor Robert Ambros

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Victor Robert Ambros

Current Location:: Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Birthplace: Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Longin Bohdan Ambros and Melissa Ambros (Brown)
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private; Private; Private and Private
Half brother of Private; Patrick Bruce Coughlin; Private and Private

Occupation: Developmental biologist
Managed by: Yigal Burstein
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About Victor Robert Ambros

Victor Ambros (born 1953, Hanover, New Hampshire) is an American developmental biologist who discovered the first known microRNA (miRNA). He is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Ambros was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Vermont. His father was Polish Catholic and Victor grew up on a small farm in Vermont in a family of eight children.[8] and He completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Nobel laureate David Baltimore. Ambros continued his research at MIT as the first postdoctoral fellow in the lab of future Nobel laureate H. Robert Horvitz. He became a faculty member at Harvard University in 1984 and moved to Dartmouth College in 1992. Ambros joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2008, and currently holds the title of Silverman Professor of Natural Sciences in the program in Molecular Medicine.


  • 2002: Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the most outstanding paper published in Science (co-recipient with the laboratories of David P. Bartel and Thomas Tuschl)
  • 2005: Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Medical Research of Brandeis University (co-recipient with Craig Mello, Andrew Fire, and Gary Ruvkun)
  • 2006: Genetics Society of America Medal for outstanding contributions in the past 15 years
  • 2008: Gairdner Foundation International Award (co-recipient)
  • 2008: Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science of The Franklin Institute (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun and David Baulcombe)
  • 2008: The Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun and David Baulcombe)
  • 2008: Massachusetts General Hospital Warren Triennial Prize (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun)
  • 2009: Dickson Prize from University of Pittsburgh in medicine
  • 2009: Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun)
  • 2009: Massry Prize from University of Southern California (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun)
  • 2012: Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research from Johnson & Johnson (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun) 2013: Keio Medical Science Prize from Keio University (co-recipient with Shigekazu Nagata)
  • 2014: Wolf Prize in Medicine from Wolf Foundation (co-recipient with Gary Ruvkun and Nahum Sonenberg)
  • 2015: Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
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December 1, 1953
Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States