Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012
Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka
for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors
Robert J. Lefkowitz
Born 1943, New York, NY, USA
Lefkowitz was an undergraduate at Columbia College from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966 with an MD degree. He was a Clinical and Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1970. He completed his medical residency and research and clinical training in cardiovascular disease at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from 1970 to 1973. He was then appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. In 1977 he was promoted to Professor of Medicine and in 1982 to James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is also Professor Biochemistry. He has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1976 and was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Asssociation from 1973 to 1976.
Dr Lefkowitz has received numerous awards including the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine (2009), the 2009 Research Achievement Award of the American Heart Association, the 2007 National Medal of Science, the 2007 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, and the 2007 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
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