Angelika Amon

Angelika Amon

1967 - 2020

Angelika Amon examined cell growth and division, and how errors in this process contribute to cancer and aging.


  • PhD, 1993, University of Vienna
  • BS, 1989, Biology, University of Vienna


Angelika Amon passed away on October 29, 2020. A professor and mentor at MIT for over 20 years, she studied cell growth and division. She investigated how macromolecule biosynthesis is coordinated with cell division, and how chromosome segregation is is regulated by intracellular and extracellular cues. She also analyzed the consequences of chromosome mis-segregation on cell and organismal physiology, and how these repercussions can lead to cancer and aging.


  • Nakasone Award, Human Frontier Science Program, 2020
  • Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, 2019
  • Vilcek Foundation Prize in Biomedical Science, 2019
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member, 2017
  • Elected Foreign Associate to EMBO, 2015
  • Elected Foreign Associate to the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Genetics Society of America Medal, 2014
  • Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, 2013
  • National Academy of Sciences, Member, 2010
  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, 2008
  • Paul Marks Prize, 2007
  • ASBMB Amgen Award, 2007
  • Alan T. Waterman Award, 2003
  • Eli Lilly and Company Research Award, 2003
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute, HHMI Investigator, 2000









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