Robert Lefkowitz Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry

DURHAM, NC - Robert J. Lefkowitz MD, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator who has spent his entire 39-year research career at the Duke University Medical Center, is sharing the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Brian K. Kobilka of Stanford University School of Medicine, who was a post-doctoral fellow in Lefkowitz's lab in the 1980s.

They are being recognized for their work on a class of cell surface receptors that have become the target of prescription drugs, including antihistamines, ulcer drugs and beta blockers to relieve hypertension, angina and coronary disease. 

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Editor's Note: For a package of stories about Robert Lefkowitz's research, the Nobel Prize and Duke's celebration Wednesday, click here.