Alan PerelsonAlan Perelson
Los Alamos National Laboratory


"For profound contributions to theoretical immunology, which bring insight and save lives."


Alan S. Perelson, Ph.D., received his B.S. degrees in life sciences and in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) in 1967, and his Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972. He has been an acting assistant professor of medical physics at UC Berkeley, an assistant professor of medical sciences at Brown University, a staff member, and a fellow and group leader of the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. He is now one of seven senior fellows at LANL, as well an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. Dr. Perelson is also an adjunct professor of bioinformatics at Boston University (Mass.), of biostatistics and computational biology at the University of Rochester and of biology at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Physical Society (APS), and is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT Award. Dr. Perelson has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of how the immune system protects us from disease. His work has also elucidated many features of HIV infection, including the need to treat the infection with combination therapy, and established basic principles that led to the new cures for hepatitis C infection.

Selection Committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members: Phil Nelson (Chair), Joanna Aizenberg, Ken Dill, Steve Quake (2016 Delbruck Winner), Robert de Ruyter van Steveninck