Charles Serhan, PhD, DSc

Charles Nicholas Serhan is the Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia (Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) at Harvard Medical School and also Professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity at Harvard School of Dental Medicine; He is Director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Serhan’s pioneering studies on the chemistry-medicine interface have resulted in the discovery of the Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPMs), a super-family of biochemical mediators that actively orchestrate the resolution of inflammation and provide the molecular underpinnings for a new era in inflammation resolution pharmacology.

Charles received a BS in biochemistry from Stony Brook University followed by a Doctorate in experimental pathology and medical sciences from New York University School of  Medicine. He was a visiting scientist and post-doctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm with Professor Bengt Samuelsson (Nobel Laurate Medicine 82). In 1987, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and received an honorary degree from Harvard University (1996).

He has received several awards including an NIH MERIT award and has delivered > 50 keynote and plenary lectures. Among these recent awards are: the 2008 William Harvey Outstanding Scientist Medal and AAAS Fellow in 2011. In 2010, he received the Society for Leukocyte Biology Bonazinga Award, The American College of Rheumatology Hench (Nobel Laurate) Award Lecture in 2011 presented by the Mayo Clinic Hench Society, and Mérieux 2013 Laureate.
In 2016, he received the IUBMB Lecture Metal and the Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine. Recently, he received the International Eicosanoid Research Foundation’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Society of Investigative Pathology 2018 Rous Whipple Award and the 2018 Gaddum International Prize and Award Lecture from the British Pharmacology Society.