Michael Rosbash is an American geneticist. Along with Michael W. Young and Jeffrey C. Hall he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Full Name : Michael Morris Rosbash
Born : 7 March, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality : American
Wife : Nadja Abovich
Fields : Genetics and Chronobiology
NIH Research Career Development Award (1976–1980)
Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award (2001)
Aschoff’s Rule (2008)
Gruber Prize in Neuroscience (2009)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University (2011)
Canada Gairdner International Award (2012)
Massry Prize (2012)
12th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (2013)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2017)
Fascinating Facts about Michael Rosbash :
Discovery of Genes
– Michael is known for his working extensively with the fruit fly Drosophila and has a significant contribution to the discovery of the genes. Besides this, he is well-known for a molecular mechanism that is involved in the regulations of the biological rhythms.
Student of California Institute of Technology
– Rosbash spends his childhood in Boston where his father was a cantor, and his mother worked in the cytology. In California Institute of technology, he took his chemistry as his subject and received his degree of bachelor in the year 1965.
Assistant Professors of Massachusetts
– After he got his Ph.D. degree in 1970 in the field of biophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of technology, Rosbash joined the faculty of Brandeis University, located in Waltham in the post of assistant professor.
Partnership with Hall
– While pursuing his Ph.D. Rosbash had a great interest in the field of genetics and decided to collaborate with Jeffrey Hall, who was his friend as well. Both of them were interested in the period gene and were successful in insolating it from fruit fly.
Showing the Levels of Protein
– After they were successful in determining the period gene, they later went on further to discover the levels of proteins product named PER. PER is known for its oscillating nature during circadian cycle.
Discovery of Additional Genes
– The gene discovery led them to propose a model. PER was known for its self-regulating nature, and it inhibits its own transcriptions. When the level of protein reached to its critical point both of them went further to discover additional genes that are extensively involved in the regulation of circadian rhythm.
Confirmation of Their Idea
– After successfully determining their discoveries related to genes, eventually they decided to work along with Young and other fellow researchers in the field which led them to confirm the self-regulating clocklike mechanism for the governing circadian rhythm.