We’re deep into Nobel Prize season, and a brain researcher with North Texas roots is celebrating.
Dr. Thomas C. Südhof is one of three scientists who shared the Nobel for Physiology or Medicine on Monday. The Stanford professor did his prize-winning research — on “synaptic transmission,” or how brain cells communicate with chemical signals — during his 25 years at UT Southwestern in Dallas.
“I’m absolutely surprised,” Südhof, 57, told the Stanford Report, which reached him in the remote town of Baeza, Spain, where he was lecturing at a conference. “Every scientist dreams of this. I didn’t realize there was chance I would be awarded the prize. I am stunned and really happy to share the prize with James Rothman [of Yale] and Randy Schekman [of California-Berkeley].”
Südhof left for Stanford in 2008, but he’s still an adjunct professor of neuroscience at UT Southwestern.