Brandeis faculty members Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall win Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize winner Michael Rosbash. Photo by Mike Lovett

Brandeis University warmly congratulates Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey C. Hall, professor emeritus of biology, on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The two colleagues, who arrived at Brandeis in 1974, did their pioneering work during their time at the university. 

Focusing on the fruit fly, they discovered the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm, the inner biological clock that regulates almost all life on the planet. 

Rosbash and Hall did their research on the period, or per, gene, which serves as a master clock regulating the ebb and flow of the circadian rhythm over a 24-hour cycle. This clock controls body temperature, metabolism and many other biological processes. 

The award also went to Michael W. Young at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Read more.
Hear from Michael Rosbash during a news conference from Brandeis.
Read the Nobel Prize news release.

Categories: Faculty, Campus News
Date: October 2, 2017