On Wednesday, Brian Kobilka, MD, professor and chair of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and his mentor Robert Lefkowitz, MD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Duke University, were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Kobilka and Lefkowitz won the award for their work on G-protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs.
This image was captured during an afternoon celebration for Kobilka held in the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine on the Stanford campus. A crowd of colleagues, post-docs and students filled the foyer to congratulate him. In the photo, William Weis, PhD, who has collaborated with Kobilka since the mid-1990s, toasts him on his accomplishment. Weis shared the following comments in a recent medical school release:
Brian Kobilka is great. He's always thinking about every possible approach to try to crack the problem. He's really creative and really focused but an incredibly nice person; incredibly low-key and humble. It's an absolute pleasure to work with him.
Photo by Linda Cicero/Stanford News Service