Björn Vennström

Björn Vennström (born 1948) is a Swedish molecular biologist. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 at Uppsala University with a thesis on RNA and in 1993, was appointed Professor of Developmental Biology at the Karolinska Institute. He is also a professor of molecular biology at the same institution.[1] He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,[2] was awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize in 1991,[3] has served on the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine from 2001–2006, and is the Chairman of the Nobel Assembly.[4]

While at the EMBL in Heidelberg he cloned the c-erbA gene in 1984[5] and demonstrated in 1986 that the c-erbA gene encodes a high affinity thyroid hormone receptor.[6]


  1. ^ "Björn Vennström". Karolinska Institutet. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Members". Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Göran Gustafssons Prize Winners". Göran Gustafssons Stiftelse. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  4. ^ "The Nobel Committee". The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  5. ^ Spurr NK, Solomon E, Jansson M, Sheer D, Goodfellow PN, Bodmer WF, Vennström B (1984). "Chromosomal localisation of the human homologues to the oncogenes erbA and B". EMBO J. 3 (1): 159–63. doi:10.1002/j.1460-2075.1984.tb01777.x. PMC 557313. PMID 6323162.
  6. ^ Sap J, Muñoz A, Damm K, Goldberg Y, Ghysdael J, Leutz A, Beug H, Vennström B (1986). "The c-erb-A protein is a high-affinity receptor for thyroid hormone". Nature. 324 (6098): 635–40. doi:10.1038/324635a0. PMID 2879242.