Generations of students collaborate in Nobel Prize-winning lab

Joshua Lepson '19, Jason Xin '18, Farzana Parveen '19 and Viraj Moholkar '19 celebrate with their mentor Michael Rosbash (not pictured) after the announcement of his Nobel Prize. Photo/Mike Lovett

By Laura Gardner

What’s it like doing research as a student in the neuroscience lab of a Nobel Prize winner?

On Oct. 2, several Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students summed up the experience: thrilling.

At a joyful celebration among science faculty and students Monday in the Shapiro Science Center, it was still sinking in that Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, along with Jeffrey C. Hall, professor emeritus of biology, were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Surrounded by colleagues and students from first-years to postdocs, Rosbash was celebrated for his and Hall’s discovery of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms, the inner biological clock that regulates nearly all life.

But as Rosbash noted a few hours after the announcement by the Nobel committee, the two Brandeis scientists couldn’t have made their breakthroughs without the help and creativity of smart, hardworking students. Over decades of pioneering research, Rosbash has mentored generations of Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students. Albert Yu, PhD’22, who joined his lab about four months ago, followed in the footsteps of his own father, Qiang Yu, MA’89, who worked in the Rosbash lab in the 1980s.

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Categories: Students, Faculty
Date: October 30, 2017