UMD Nobel Prize winning graduate honored with namesake dedication

By KBJR News 1

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Nobel Prize winning professor and University of Minnesota-Duluth graduate received a warm welcome this afternoon at UMD's School of Chemistry.

Dr. Brian Kobilka along with Dr. Robert Lefkowitz won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a scientific breakthrough for studies about how cells in our body sense their environments.

That's key for developing better drugs.

The 1977 grad received another honor today with the dedication of the Kobilka Chemistry Lecture Hall.

The Nobel Prize laureate says it's important to love what you do.

"It's really important and I was lucky to be able to do it. I don't think everybody is as fortunate, but it really helps to love what you're doing and if it gets hard, it really helps to love what you're doing.," said Brian Kobilka, Nobel Prize winner.

Kobilka, a professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine praised his professors at the UMD School of Chemistry for providing the early tools for his scientific success.

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