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Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin L. Chalfie Discusses Groundbreaking Research

By Danyella Greene

Danyella Greene is a Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, Howard University

Dr. Martin L. Chalfie
Dr. Martin L. Chalfie

On November 4, 2014, Dr. Martin L. Chalfie gave an inspirational and spirited presentation titled “Green Flourescent Protein (GFP)- Lighting Up Life” in the Howard University Health Sciences Library and at the Graduate School.

Dr. Chalfie enlightened the audience with his presentation on his research on identifying the determination of neuronal cell fate.

Additionally, Dr. Chalfie discussed the development of his revolutionary experimental method examining the Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). This method reconstitutes GFP as gene and protein markers and generates temperature-sensitive strains for virtually any C. elegans gene.

He then discussed his fond memory of receiving notice that he had been granted the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. Dr. Chalfie gave many words of wisdom, with one lasting piece of advice—prepare for life after graduate school now.

He encouraged graduate students to begin preparing research proposals for postdoctoral placements in order to greatly increase chances of success in a highly competitive market.

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