Stanford's Brian Kobilka Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Nobel Prize winner Brian Kobilka answers calls from reporters at his home this morning.

Stanford scientist Brian Kobilka won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He studies the structure of G protein-coupled receptors. Those proteins dictate how the body responds to hormones, and are key to creating drugs to treat diseases including asthma and diabetes.

Kobilka does his research and teaches at Stanford's School of Medicine. At a press conference this morning, he said that Stanford has been a "remarkable" place to work.

"Being here, you can have ideas which other people might think are crazy, and probably you're not qualified to do, but people at Stanford will try to help you do them," he said.
The Nobel committee awarded the prize to Kobilka and his former professor, Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University.

This is Stanford's 27th Nobel.

Another Bay Area scientist won a Nobel Prize this year. The Gladstone Institute's Shinya Yamanaka won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his stem cell research.

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