One can imagine the feeling of utter elation when great scientists like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein made their seminal discoveries that forever changed the course of mankind’s understanding of the world around us. Today we feel the same sense of euphoria with the recognition that two Li Ka Shing Chair Professors, namely Professor Michael Houghton at the University of Alberta and Professor Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Chemistry respectively, a testament to the profound impact of their pioneering research. We feel blessed to be part of their journey – both institutions spanned over a decade. We believe that the human spirit yields insights of unsurpassing importance and the research of the two Nobelists have yielded answers that can provide hope to sufferers worldwide.
It is undeniable that the Nobel Prize is held in the highest regard and awards are made for discoveries of major importance that have changed the scientific paradigm and are of great benefit for humankind. We at the foundation firmly believe that supporting the best scientific minds across geographic boundaries and academic disciplines to tackle societal challenges is the best gift that can be bestowed to our future generations. We are proud to work alongside those who choose to devote their talents and creativity for public good, and there is nothing more gratifying than when we see good things happen to good people — our heartfelt congratulations!
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2020
Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences
Professor, Depts. of Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry, UC Berkeley
|The Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at University of California Berkeley.
Michael Houghton, PhD
Nobel Laureate in Medicine 2020
Li Ka Shing Professor of Virology
Director of the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute, University of Alberta
|The Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation at the University of Alberta in Canada, housing the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute.