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Michael Houghton
Born1949 (age 71–72)
InstitutionsUniversity of Alberta
Chiron Corporation
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia (BSc)
King's College London (PhD)
Doctoral advisorJames Chesterton
Known forHepatitis C
Hepatitis D
Notable awardsKarl Landsteiner Memorial Award (1992)
Robert Koch Prize (1993)
William Beaumont Prize (1994)
Lasker Award (2000)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (2013 – declined)
Nobel Prize for Medicine (2020)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Michael Houghton (born 1949) is a British scientist. He co-discovered Hepatitis C in 1989.[1] He also co-discovered the Hepatitis D genome in 1986.[2]

He is the co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice.[3]


  1. "Isolation of a cDNA clone derived from a blood-borne non-A, non-B viral hepatitis genome". Science 244 (4902): 359–62. April 1989. doi:10.1126/science.2523562 . PMID 2523562 . 
  2. Wang, KS; Choo, QL; Weiner, AJ; Ou, JH; Najarian, RC; Thayer, RM; Mullenbach, GT; Denniston, KJ et al. (9 October 1986). "Structure, sequence and expression of the hepatitis delta (delta) viral genome". Nature 323 (6088): 508–14. doi:10.1038/323508a0 . PMID 3762705 . 
  3. "Press release: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020". Nobel Foundation.