Professor Dr. Ferid Murad
Professor Doctor Ferid Murad shared a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1998 with two other researchers for discovering the role of nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system, controlling the process by which blood vessels relax and widen.
He is the Director Emeritus of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the prevention of Human Diseases, Director of the IMM Center for Cell Signaling.
He has recently taken up a position at George Washington University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His role is teaching undergraduate course, mentoring graduate and medical students, conducting research and leading a laboratory program. Prior to this position he was a biochemist from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
He is a co-president and advisory board member of the annual International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy, held in the UAE. He has founded or co-founded five biotechnology companies and his work has concentrated on the field of cell signaling and signal transduction systems.
Dr. Murad completed his undergraduate work at DePauw University and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Murad received the prestigious Albert and Mary Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1996; the American Heart Association Ciba Award in 1988; the Baxter Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences in 2000; the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology Distinguished Research Prize in 2005 and the President’s Scholar Award (University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center) in 2006.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Murad also serves on the Board of Directors or Scientific Advisory Boards of a number of public and private companies and various foundations and universities.