Dr. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Prize Winner

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dr. Martin Chalfie forever changed science by developing a protein (Green Fluorescent Protein) that can solve humankind’s chemical problems.  The green fluorescent protein has become known as a marker for gene expression.

After graduating in 1969 from Harvard, he worked at a variety of jobs, such as selling dresses and teaching.  There are all types of paths to the Nobel Prize!  He returned to Harvard and received his Ph.D. and did his post-post-doctorate at Cambridge University.

He married Tulle Hazelrigg.  She later joined him on the faculty of Columbia University. She gave him permission to cite her unpublished research in his seminal Science paper Green Fluorescent Protein as a Marker for Gene Expression on condition that he made coffee, cooked, and emptied the garbage nightly for a month.

Chalfie continued his groundbreaking research and became known as one of the world’s leading scientists.  His research uses genetics to address how different types of nerve cells acquire and maintain their unique characteristics and how sensory cells respond to mechanical signals.  This research has included investigations into microtubule structure and function, connectomics, and neural degeneration. The Nobel committee took notice.

In 2008, Dr. Chalfie slept through the phone call from the Nobel Prize Committee. When he woke up, he knew the prize would have been announced already, so he said Okay, who's the schnook that got the Prize this time? And so he opened up his laptop, got to the Nobel Prize site and found out that he was the schnook!

Dr. Chalfie also chairs the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

This will be a fascinating evening with a Nobel Prize scientific trailblazer, whose groundbreaking research has affected all our lives, and generations to come, and has led to the development of new therapies and medicines to treat humankind.

This fascinating event is supported and part of the Roivant and the Hudson Union Series: Transformational Leaders, Rethinking Science. 

Event TypeRegular Event
Event DateWednesday, February 13, 2019
Event Time6:30 PM
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