Martin Chalfie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008 along with Osamu Shimomura, and Roger Y.Tsien "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP." Chalfie is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor in Biological Sciences at Columbia University.
Odd facts about Marty Chalfie: He was a flop as a researcher during a disastrous summer lab placement while a Harvard undergraduate. Discouraged, Chalfie gave up science and went home to work selling dresses in the family business. Chalfie says he regained his confidence working in Robert Perlman's neurobiology lab at Harvard. Chalfie won the Nobel for his role in developing GFP tagging but those experiments were actually tangential to Chalfie's “real” research interest the neurobiology of mechanosensation.
Here is Chalfie’s page on the NobelPrize.org:
Here is Chalfie's Columbia page:
Here is a 2009 profile of Chalfie from the ASCB Newsletter:
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