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Nobel Prize Winner To Visit April 9

Published: April 1, 2015

Nobel Prize recipient Randy Schekman will visit CSULB on Thursday, April 9, to give the campus’ 36th Nobel Laureate Lecture. A general lecture will be held at 11 a.m. and a technical lecture will be conducted at 4 p.m. Both lectures will be held in the University Student Union and are open to the public.

“We are excited about Dr. Schekman’s visit,” said Editte Gharakhanian, a professor of biological sciences at CSULB. “His work elucidated the complex journey that proteins make before they are secreted from cells. This was not only a significant discovery of basic cell biology but also one that has had major impact on understanding diseases where this pathway is disturbed including neurodegenerative diseases.”

Schekman is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). In 2013, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, an award he shared with James Rothman from Yale and Dr. Thomas Südhof from Stanford.

Schekman studied the enzymology of DNA replication as a graduate student with Arthur Kornberg at Stanford and his current interest in cellular membranes developed during a postdoctoral period with S. J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. At Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic.

Along with the Nobel Prize, his awards include the Eli Lilly Award in microbiology and immunology, the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award in basic biomedical science, the Gairdner International Award, the Amgen Award of the Protein Society, the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University, the Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, the Massry Prize, the E.B Wilson Award of the American Society of Cell Biology, the Kornberg-Berg lifetime achievement award from Stanford Medical School and the Otto Warburg Prize of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Associate of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and a Foreign Associate of The Royal Society, London.

Randy Schekman

In 1999, Schekman was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology. In 2002, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Annual Reviews of Cell and Developmental Biology and, from 2006-11, served as editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was appointed editor-in-chief of an open access journal, eLife, sponsored by the HHMI, The Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck Society.

For additional information, contact Linda Sherwood by e-mail or at 562/985-2716.

–Shayne Schroeder