Brandeis Magazine

Winter 2023/2024

The Last Word

Brandeis Applauds Its Latest Nobel Laureate

Drew Weissman

Photo Credit: Dan Holmes

In October, Drew Weissman ’81, GSAS MA’81, P’15, H’23, and his longtime collaborator Katalin Karikó, H’23, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their pioneering mRNA research, which helped lay the groundwork for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

All told, COVID-19 vaccines have been given more than 13.5 billion times (and counting), saving millions of lives.

Read the story about Weissman and Karikó’s gold-medal achievement.