A Yale University professor is one of three researchers to win the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells.
James Rothman said work on the project recognized on Monday began in 1978.
He and Randy Schekman at the University of California at Berkeley and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof were recognized for their research on the transport system of cells. The Nobel committee said disturbances to the system can contribute to diabetes and neurological and immunological disorders.
The 62-year-old Rothman said in an interview Monday morning that he does not know how the Nobel Prize might change his work. He lost grant money and he will now reapply for the funding hoping the Nobel Prize will help restore the money.
"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 from our home state receive such an acclaimed and internationally recognized honor," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement Monday.
Malloy went on to say that stat officials are focusing on "medical research that's creating an energy and momentum needed to make our state a leader in discovery and innovation."
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