Randy Schekman was recently awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine* and is a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His work concerns the mechanism of membrane assembly and vesicular traffic in eukaryotic cells. He and his laboratory discovered many of the genes and proteins required for secretion in yeast and they have applied this knowledge to understand human genetic diseases that affect core components of the secretory machinery. Among other awards, he shared the Gairdner International Award, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and the Lasker Award with James Rothman. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, he was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology in 1999 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from 2006 to late 2011.
Competing interests statement
Randy Schekman has received funding from the HHMI, the UC Berkeley Miller Foundation and from the Glenn Foundation. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Reviews of Cell and Developmental Biology. Randy was Head of Faculty for Cell Biology for F1000, the Scientific Director of the Jane Coffin Childs Fund (ended 2012), and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tamasek Life Science laboratory, Singapore (ended 2012). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (until 2011), and was an elected Council member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (until this year).
*Randy Schekman shares the Nobel Prize with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof for their “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.