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Label Letter from Executive Director - Yair Rotstein
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Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Every fall, when the winners of the Nobel Prizes are announced, we at BSF go through the list of new recipients with heightened anticipation. Chances are quite strong that we have funded a US-Israeli research project that included at least one of the winners.

I’m proud to say that this past year was no exception. Aziz Sancar was among the scientists who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A biochemist who is a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Sancar was part of a team of scientists honored for mapping cellular mechanisms that underlie DNA repair in cancer cells. In the late 1980s, he and his Israeli collaborator received a BSF grant. With this, Sancar became the 45th Nobel laureate who participated in BSF funded research. By any standard, it’s a phenomenal achievement to count this many Nobel laureates as part of our history.

We at BSF can take enormous pride in the fact that, through our thorough and selective funding process, we consistently select scientists who are on the precipice of discoveries that have the potential to change our world.

Congratulations to Sancar, and to our many funded scientists who have gone on to receive the Nobel, or other prestigious scientific awards.

We are so proud to play even a small part in their transformative work and accomplishments.

Thank you for your interest and support,


Yair Rotstein
Executive Director
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