Dr. John Raymond’s mentor wins Nobel Prize in chemistry

Oct. 22, 2012 College News - Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University Medical Center and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was one of two researchers who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Dr. Lefkowitz is a mentor to John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO. The two initially met at Duke, where Dr. Raymond did his internship, residency and nephrology fellowship.

Dr. Lefkowitz shared the prize with Dr. Brian Kobilka of Stanford University. Drs. Raymond and Kobilka were postdoctoral fellows together in the Lefkowitz Laboratory in the mid-1980s.

In 2003, Dr. Raymond co-wrote an editorial in ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies titled, Professor Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Scientist and Mentor Extraordinaire, to highlight some of lessons he learned from Dr. Lefkowitz  that have helped him as a clinician, scientist, and leader.

“Bob Lefkowitz has done so much to advance science and help countless people, including myself, grow and advance in our careers,” said Dr. Raymond. “It is wonderful to see someone you admire so much be rewarded like this, at the highest levels of the field.”

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