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Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Born: 6-Jan-1944
Birthplace: Riehen, Switzerland

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Switzerland
Executive summary: T-cells and antigens

Rolf M. Zinkernagel is a Swiss immunologist specializing in tropical diseases. He spent two and a half years in the 1970s on a fellowship at Canberra's Australian National University, where he worked alongside veterinarian Peter C. Doherty and discovered how immune T-cells recognize virus-infected host cells. For this work, Zinkernagel and Doherty were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1996.

Father: (biologist)
Mother: (lab technician)
Brother: Peter (architect, b. 1942)
Sister: Anne-Marie (lab technician, b. 1945)
Wife: Kathrin Zinkernagel-Lüdin (physician, m. Nov-1968)
Daughter: Christine Zinkernagel (immunologist)
Daughter: Annelies Zinkernagel (physician)
Son: Martin Zinkernagel (physician)

    High School: Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium, Basel, Switzerland (1962)
    Medical School: MD, University of Basel (1968)
    Scholar: Anatomy, University of Basel (1968-70)
    Scholar: Biochemistry, Lausanne University (1970-72)
    University: PhD Microbiology, Australian National University (1975)
    Scholar: Immunology, Scripps Research Institute (1975-79)
    Teacher: Experimental Pathology, University of Zurich (1979-88)
    Professor: Experimental Pathology, University of Zurich (1988-92)
    Professor: Experimental Immunology, University of Zurich (1992-)

    Lasker Award 1995
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1996 (with Peter C. Doherty)
    Member of the Board of Novartis (1999-)
    French Ancestry Maternal


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