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Dr. GPCR Podcast

Dr. Arthur Christopoulos

About this episode


It was December 14th, 2020, 1:50 pm, when I turned on my laptop and signed into Zoom for my chat with Bob.


Bob, who, you might ask?


Well, it’s the one and only Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he shared with Dr. Brian Kobilka. Bob doesn’t really need an introduction since his reputation precedes him. Before we pressed record, I asked if I could call him Bob, and he answered that only his mom used to call him Robert, especially when she was upset with him. I then pressed record, and we chatted for almost 2h about Bob’s career, discoveries, difficulties (yes, he’s had some too), Nobel week, and his memoir that he just published in collaboration with Dr. Randy Hall.


Bob is James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Pathology at the Duke University Medical Center. He began his career in the late 1960s and has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1976. His legacy lies in the numerous discoveries he and his team made in the GPCR field and in all those who trained in his laboratory and went on to pursue stellar scientific careers.

I very much enjoyed chatting with Bob, and I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about him as well.



Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz on the web



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