Otto Warburg Medal for Randy Schekman
In the year of 50th anniversary the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) awarded the Otto Warburg Medal to Prof. Randy W. Schekman, an American researcher of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Schekman received the award for his research on the regulation of protein transport processes in cells. He was able to demonstrate that disturbances in these processes are the cause of several genetic diseases and other genetic defects.
At the award ceremony in Frankfurt Professor Schekman was very pleased to receive the Otto Warburg Medal, saying: "It is a great honour to receive such a prestigious award and at the same time an enormous incentive to continue with my research. There is still so much to be discovered and I hope that winning this award will motivate many young people to become researchers.” Professor Schekman has been a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1989 and also holds a professorship in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.
"The GBM is proud to award the Otto Warburg Medal in its 50th anniversary year to such a renowned researcher as Professor Schekman”, said Professor Roger S. Goody, President of the GBM. “This prize represents a long-standing tradition in recognising and encouraging academic excellence. We are very happy that we can celebrate the anniversary of the Otto Warburg Medal in Frankfurt amidst many companions, friends and hopefully future winners."