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Nobel Laureate Lectures at Florida Tech
Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie spoke at Florida Tech in February.

Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie spoke at Florida Tech in February.

Professor Martin Chalfie, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Roger Tsien and Osamu Shimomura for the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein (GFP), presented a lecture at Florida Tech on his award-winning work.Sponsored by United Therapeutics and Florida Tech’s Institute for Biotechnology & Biomedical Science, the presentation centered on this critical discovery and how it ushered in a new way of looking at gene expression.

Chalfie, in addition to talking about the significance of GFP, spoke of what his research has taught him. Among the items: scientific success comes via many routes; many (most) discoveries are accidental; scientific progress is cumulative; students and post-doctoral students are lab innovators; and fundamental research, for applied and basic, is essential.

Chalfie was introduced by Florid Tech’s Julia Grimwade, professor of biological sciences, who noted that GFP “revolutionized the way we study cells.”

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