Nobel Prize winner Sancar arrives in Turkey to meet Erdogan

Nobel laureate Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar arrives in Turkey’s capital Ankara upon President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation

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Nobel winner Turkish scientist arrived in Ankara upon invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar, who also works as a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill arrived in Turkey at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after winning the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Erdogan will host Sancar on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace in Ankara.

Sancar was jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at a ceremony held in Stockholm, Sweden 

on Thursday for the “mechanistic studies of DNA repair,” along with two others, Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich.  

Sancar received the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry at a ceremony held in Stockholm on Thursday.

Sancar, a biochemist and molecular biologist specialising in DNA repair, cell cycle checkpoints and circadian clock was recognised for his research in DNA repair, which will signal a significant step in treating cancer.

The Nobel jury said that Sancar and his partners research “made a significant contribution to the understanding of how the living cell functions and provided knowledge about the molecular causes of many hereditary diseases and mechanism behind both cancer development and ageing."

Prof. Dr Aziz Sancar (2nd R) attends a dinner given in honor of him by Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey on December 14, 2015

Born in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin in 1946, Sancar studied medicine in Istanbul. To further his education, Sancar moved to the United States in 1973, where he earned his PhD in the field of molecular biology at the University of Texas in Dallas in 1977.  During his career he worked on a research project at Yale University in the field of DNA repair.

Receiving great attention by his people for his success, Sancar told the media, "I would have won this award 20 years ago, had I known that Turkish citizens would be this proud. I hope this will set an example for the Turkish youth."

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