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Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Osamu Shimomura

Osamu Shimomura

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Nobel goes to former Princeton researcher for discovery made here

Osamu Shimomura, who today was named a winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will receive the award for a discovery he made while working at Princeton.

Shimomura was a researcher in the Department of Biology from 1960 to 1982. In 1962, he first isolated green fluorescent protein (GFP) in the jellyfish, Aequorea victoria. Since then, this protein has become one of the most important tools used in contemporary bioscience.

Shimomura is a professor emeritus at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass., and Boston University Medical School. He shares the award with Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of the University of California-San Diego, who made a series of important developments that have led to GFP's use as a tagging tool in bioscience.

The Marine Biological Laboratory will host a press conference at 11 a.m. today for interested members of the news media. For more details, contact the lab's communications department at (508) 289-7423.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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