October 21, 2014

“My Path to a Nobel Prize”: Special Talk by Osamu Shimomura at “Discovery Day”

Osamu Shimomura, 2008 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, will give a special, family-friendly talk this Wednesday, July 17, as part of the MBL’s “Discovery Day” science fair and 125th Anniversary celebration. All “Discovery Day” events are free and open to the public. [ A video of Dr. Shimomura's lecture is posted here. ]

Dr. Shimomura’s talk, titled “My Path to a Nobel Prize,” will be 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM in Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.

The bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea, source of the green fluorescent protein. Credit: Osamu Shimomura

The bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea, source of the green fluorescent protein. Credit: Osamu Shimomura

An expert on bioluminescence in nature, Dr. Shimomura won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of “green fluorescent protein” in the jellyfish Aequorea in 1962.

This brightly glowing protein, known as GFP, “has become one of the most important tools used in contemporary bioscience. With the aid of GFP, researchers have developed ways to watch processes that were previously invisible, such as the development of nerve cells in the brain or how cancer cells spread,” the Nobel Foundation stated in announcing the prize.

Shimomura, who holds the title of MBL Distinguished Scientist, was a senior scientist at the MBL from 1982-2001, prior to his retirement.

To attend “Discovery Day” events on Wednesday, including Dr. Shimomura’s talk, the public is invited to park in the MBL’s Devil’s Lane parking lot (opposite 379 Oyster Pond Road, Woods Hole). Continuous shuttle service will be provided from 3 to 6 PM to the celebration on the MBL campus.

Osamu Shimomura in the MBLWHOI Library with a book he wrote, "Bioluminescence: Chemical Principles and Methods." Credit: Tom Kleindinst

Osamu Shimomura in the MBLWHOI Library with a book he wrote, “Bioluminescence: Chemical Principles and Methods.” Credit: Tom Kleindinst