Roger Yonchien Tsien

Roger Yonchien Tsien

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 24 Aug 2016 (aged 64)
Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 169155090 · View Source
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Nobel Laureate Chemist. He, along with two other chemists, were awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in developing fluorescent markers that could tag cancer cells or track the advance of Alzheimer's disease in the brain. He began sketching chemistry experiments when he was 8 years old and earned his first Boy Scout merit badge in chemistry. He earned degrees from both Harvard and Cambridge Universities. After graduation, he first worked at Cambridge as a research fellow before moving on the University of California, Berkeley where he worked from 1982 to 1989. In 1989 he started working at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry, a post he would continue in for the next 27 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 with fellow chemists Osamu Shimomura and Martin Chalfie. They were able to convert green fluorescent protein (GFP) from a jellyfish into a research tool that could illuminate everything from brain cells to bacteria. Researchers use these fluorescent markers to track cellular processes. He also was a pioneer of calcium imaging and was known for developing various dyes which become fluorescent in the presence of particular ions such as calcium. During his career, he developed many breakthroughs and inventions that are in use today . He received many awards and honors during his career including the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Keio Medical Science Prize, and the E.B. Wilson Medal. He passed away while on a bike trail.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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  • Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 31 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169155090
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roger Yonchien Tsien (1 Feb 1952–24 Aug 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169155090, ; Maintained by Mr. Badger Hawkeye (contributor 46542485) Unknown.