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Ex Cambridge Graduate shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2008

Roger Tsien, a Cambridge Graduate, now working at the University of California, San Diego, has been jointly awarded the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2008.

Roger Tsien, was a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, Department of Physiology, graduating in 1977 under the supervision of Richard Adrian. Following the completion of his doctorate he was awarded a Gonville and Caius Research Fellowship, and worked with Tim Rink to develop the first fluorescent indicators that could be used to monitor calcium levels inside cells optically. Later, he went on to develop a whole variety of optical sensors and including various GFP and protein based molecules that could be expressed by transgenic or transfected cells.

He shares the $1.4 million Nobel Laureate prize money with the two other joint winners, Osamu Shimomura (Marine Biological Laboratory, USA) and Martin Chalfie (Columbia University, USA).

Their work on the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) has aided neuroscientists - by labelling nerve cells with GFP we can learn about brain circuitry and visualise nerve cells at high resolution and in real time.

Posted on 10/10/2008

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