FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut has its own Nobel Laureate.
Dr. James Rothman, a professor Biomedical Sciences, and professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University, was named the Nobel prize-winner in medicine along with his colleagues Thomas C. Südhof and Randy W. Schekman, according to Nobelprize.org.
The trio's work on figuring out the formation and function of vesicles in cells has led to a better understanding of diseases like diabetes and Parkinson's.
The three professors will split a $1.3 million prize.
“For quite some time, Yale University has been part of the ongoing, cutting-edge medical research that’s been happening throughout several institutions in Connecticut, and it’s exciting to have a professor in our home state receive such an acclaimed and internationally recognized honor,” Governor Dannel Malloy said in a statement. “Right now in Connecticut, we are witnessing a new focus on medical research that’s creating an energy and momentum needed to make our state a leader in discovery and innovation. I offer my congratulations to Dr. Rothman and his colleagues on this incredible honor.”
Read more about Dr. Rothman and his work at the Nobel Prize website.