Dr. Stephan Züchner Receives Honorary Degree from Hungarian University

Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary.

Züchner was one of eight distinguished scientists and academics from around the globe who received the honorary degree at a ceremony in Budapest on November 13. This was the 42nd time the university has conferred honorary doctorates, which recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to international science in their respective fields of expertise and have fostered relationships with Semmelweis University.

Züchner’s degree was awarded for his contributions and research in the genetics of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases. His lab is among the pioneering groups that have promoted genome-sequencing methods for disease gene identification.

“I feel deeply honored and also personally touched by this award,” said Züchner. “Growing up in East Germany, I cannot forget the critical role Hungary played in bringing down the Berlin Wall.”

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