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Shimomura, Osamu Distinguished Scientist, Bell Center


Osamu Shimomura is a Distinguished Scientist at the MBL, where he was a senior scientist from 1982 until his retirement in 2001. Shimomura has dedicated his career to the study of bioluminescence in many animals, particularly the chemical structure of photoproteins. In 1961-2 he discovered and isolated green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea, a molecule that later became a revolutionary tool in light microscopy that allowed scientists to see cellular components and processes that could never be seen before. For his work with GFP, including elucidation of its chromophore in the late 1970s, Shimomura was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 with co-recipients Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Roger Tsien of University of California, San Diego.

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