Roger Tsien Shares Chemistry Nobel

The Science & Engineering Library congratulates Dr. Roger Y. Tsien for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work with green fluorescent protein, to “the development and application of fluorescent protein probes that enable scientists to monitor cellular function.” Dr. Tsien is a professor in the UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Pharmacology, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. He shares the award equally with Osamu Shimomura of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and Boston University School of Medicine, and Martin Chalfie of Columbia University.

From the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences press release:

Roger Y. Tsien contributed to our general understanding of how GFP fluoresces. He also extended the colour palette beyond green allowing researchers to give various proteins and cells different colours. This enables scientists to follow several different biological processes at the same time.

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