Sleepy Hollow High School graduate wins Nobel Prize

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The most recent Nobel Prize winner has ties to the Hudson Valley.

Gregg Semenza, who graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School, has been recognized at John Hopkins for being one of three people who were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

He discovered how cells respond to low oxygen levels can lead to treatments of illnesses including cardiovascular disease. "I think we are very lucky to have this career where we get to follow our interests and dreams and crazy ideas wherever they lead."

Semenza also recognized Sleepy Hollow High School biology teacher Rose Nelson, whom he credits with sparking his curiosity in the field.

Semenza will share a cash prize of $913,000 with two other researchers.

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