11/13/2012 1:45:00 PM Catholic scientist shares Nobel
Dr. Brian Kobilka is pictured at his lab at the Stanford School of Medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 10.
Who could have predicted that a student from St. Mary’s Grade School in Little Falls, Minnesota, would one day win a Nobel Prize? But that’s what Dr. Brian Kobilka accomplished.
He’s one of two scientists awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on cell receptors.
Kobilka, 57, physician and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, shares the prize with his onetime mentor Robert Lefkowitz, professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Since 1984, the pair has worked to identify and isolate a particular family of cell receptors, called G-protein-coupled receptors, or GPCRs, which carry signals from outside stimuli to cells of the human body.