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Nobel Prize Recipient and Sleepy Hollow High School Alumnus Credits Science Teacher for Setting him on his Path

Dr. Gregg L. Semenza, a Sleepy Hollow High School alumnus, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on October 7, 2019 for his discoveries on how cells respond to low oxygen levels. 

Dr. Semenza, who currently practices at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shared with a reporter that his 'fantastic biology teacher, Rose Nelson, was an unbelievably talented, beautiful person who was able to transmit the beauty of science and the thrill of scientific discovery.' 

member of the Nobel Assembly described the work as a “textbook discovery” and said it would be something students would start learning at the most basic levels of biology education.

 The prize was also awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe.