Robert J. Lefkowitz '59
Robert J. Lefkowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University, where he also teaches biochemistry and chemistry.
In 2012, Lefkowitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his study of cellular receptors in the hormone adrenaline and the discovery of “G-protein-coupled receptors,” which are now used in about half of all medications today.
In addition to his Nobel Prize, Lefkowitz was presented with the National Medal of Science by President George W. Bush in 2007.
Prior to his distinguished career, Lefkowitz earned an M.D. and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Columbia University. Upon his receipt of the Nobel Prize, he became the 8th Bronx Science graduate to have received the award, but the first for Chemistry.
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