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.
More links (still updating):
- UCSD Press Release, with images and video from the October 8 press conference. And another press release from the UCSD School of Medicine.
- The Tsien Lab Homepage: members, research, publications, images and movies
- From the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: The green fluorescent protein: discovery, expression and development (Scientific Background on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008), and How the Jellyfish’s Green Light Revolutionised Bioscience (Information for the Public)
- Three Chemists Win Nobel Prize – New York Times
- UCSD’S Roger Tsien shares Nobel Prize in chemistry – San Diego Union-Tribune
- Three U.S.-based scientists share Nobel chemistry prize – Los Angeles Times
- Also in the LA Times, The little protein that glowed
- Great glowing jellyfish! It’s the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Nature News
- Jellyfish Protein Researchers Win Chemistry Nobel – National Public Radio
- Also on NPR, a story about Dr. Douglas Prasher, who isolated the gene for green fluorescent protein (and now works for a car dealership in Huntsville, Alabama).
- More from: BBC News, Washington Post, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Guardian, Chemical & Engineering News