Martin Chalfie

Date
Jan 28, 2010
Location
McCosh Hall 10
Speaker
Audience
Free and open to the public
Event Description

Martin Chalfie, chair and professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). GFP has become a fundamental tool in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and the medical sciences. It has permitted scientists to study damaged cells in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and genetic disorders. It also has many applications in industry. Chalfie has a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University.