The Princess Margaret's Dr. Tak Mak Honoured in Germany


Congratulations to Dr. Tak Mak

On November 10th, The Princess Margaret's Dr. Tak Mak was awarded an honorary medal from the Germany-based Signal Transduction Society (STS). He received the award in recognition of his lifetime contributions and critical discoveries in the fields of immunology, signal transduction and cancer biology.

Dr. Mak, seen at the centre of the photo below, is most well-known for being the first to reveal the sequence and structure of the T-cell receptor, a molecule that is indispensable for mounting an immune response against tumor cells and viral infections.

Dr. Mak is a Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. He is one of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's most prolific researchers: he has published over 870 scientific articles, he has been invited to give 92 keynote lectures and he holds 18 honorary degrees or professorships from universities worldwide.
He received the 2016 Signal Transduction Society/Cell Communication and Signaling journal (STS/CCS) Honorary Medal and gave a lecture at the group's annual meeting in Weimar, Germany. The medal is presented every year to an outstanding scientist who inspired other scientists to examine signal transduction processes.

Photo (from left to right)
Dr. Matthias Lechmann, Christiane Knobbe-Thomsen, Dirk Brenner, Dr. Tak Mak, Dr. Jürgen Ruland and Dr. Klaus Pfeffer