Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Moscow State University, 1970; Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow, 1973.
A native of Moscow, he is currently researching at Caltech. Varshavsky provided an original approach to killing cancer cells, proffering the idea of a targeted molecular device that could enter a cell, examine it for deoxyribonucleic acid deletions specific to cancer and killing it if it meets the right profile. "(lieutenant) involves, in a nutshell, the finding of a genuine Achilles" heel of cancer cells, id est (that is) their potentially vulnerable feature that won"t change during tumor progression," said Varshavsky.
The approach termed deletion-specific targeting (Department of Science and Technology), employs HDs (homozygous deoxyribonucleic acid deletions) as the targets of cancer therapy.
"In contrast to other attributes of cancer cells, their HDs are immutable markers. If the Department of Science and Technology strategy can be implemented in a clinical setting, it may prove to be both curative and free of side effects.".
Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Academy Microbiology. Member: National Academy of Sciences, Academy Europaea, European Molecular Biology Organization, American Philosophical Society.
Married Vera Bingham, August 30, 1990. Children: Roman, Anna, Victoria.