Michael Houghton: 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine

Michael Houghton is a virologist currently affiliated with the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In the 1980’s, his team at Chiron Corporation in California identified the viruses for both Hepatitis C and Hepatitis D. This lead to a rapid cleansing of the world’s blood supply and the near eradication of the Hepatitis C epidemic. In 2020, while continuing work to develop vaccines, Houghton was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his 1989 work with Hepatitis C.

This interview was conducted in 2022. Houghton discusses his research that lead to the Nobel Prize, his moving from the UK to California and eventually Alberta, and the Nobel Prize itself.