Brandeis celebrates our Nobel Laureates in Stockholm
On October 2, Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey Hall, professor emeritus of biology, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms, the inner biological clock that regulates almost all life on the planet.
On December 10, Brandeis' Nobel Laureates received the Nobel Medal and Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nobel Ceremony Coverage
From the hand of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, Brandeis professors Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall each received an 18-carat gold medallion as recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the world’s most prestigious award for achievement in the life sciences.
See the slideshow of Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall as they were honored with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Dec. 10 in a ceremony in Stockholm.
A campus viewing party for the Nobel Prize ceremony was held Sunday morning. Guests dined on doughnuts, Swedish Fish and crepes as they watched Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall receive their Nobel Prize medallions.
Nobel Week Coverage
Photo Credit: Copyright @ Nobel Media AB 2016 Photo Alexander Mahmoud
For the next week, Brandeis biologists Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall — two down-to-earth academics who spent much of their careers in labs surrounded by fruit flies — will be treated like Swedish royalty.
Photo Credit: Bengt Nyman
The Nobel laureates answer questions about what cures jet lag (spoiler alert: nothing but time) and how circadian rhythms work for those without sight.
Photo Credit: Annika Schildt '86
Before a packed crowd of nearly 1,000 people who gave them two standing ovations, professors Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall delivered their Nobel lectures, thanking past students, acknowledging debts to other scientists, and heaping praise on the animals they used in their research — fruit flies.
Most of us may regard the fruit fly as a nuisance, but it's been the basis of numerous scientific breakthroughs (and a number of Nobels) since scientists first began using the insects in research. Test your knowledge about the humble and vital Drosophila.
In the tradition of Nobel laureates donating an artifact from their life or work to Stockholm's Nobel Museum, Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall donated one of the earliest instruments they used in their research.