Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D.
2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2007 National Medal of Science
Dr. Lefkowitz studied and trained to become a physician at Columbia University, and upon completing his medical residency, research, and clinical training he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Lefkowitz studies receptor biology and signal transduction. Acknowledging that each cell has a small receiver known as a receptor, which is able to receive hormones, Dr. Lefkowitz attached a radioactive isotope of iodine to the hormone adrenaline in 1968. By tracking the radiation emitted by the isotope, he succeeded in finding a receptor for adrenaline and studied how it functions. Approximately half of all medications used today make use of this kind of receptor. He is currently an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as well as a James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Duke University.
Thomas H. Marshburn, M.D.Emergency Room Physician, NASA Astronaut, and AquanautDr. Marshburn was selected by NASA in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Davidson College, North Carolina; a Masters in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia; a Doctorate of Medicine from Wake Forest University; and a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. The North Carolina native is a veteran of two spaceflights, STS-127 and Expedition 34/35.Before […]
Sameer Nagda, M.D., M.B.A.2021 and 2016, United States Olympic Women’s Soccer Team – Team Physician2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Team USA – Team PhysicianFellowship Trained Sports Medicine Surgeon – Knee, Shoulder, ElbowDr. Sameer Nagda is a Sports Medicine and shoulder specialist at the Anderson Clinic, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He evaluates and surgically treats problems of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. He has particular […]
Richard Sacra, M.D.Humanitarian Physician and Ebola SurvivorDr. Sacra has served as a medical missionary in Liberia, West Africa, since 1995. His many contributions include caring for patients; training nurses, medical students and interns; leadership development; and helping to increase the hospital’s response to HIV and AIDS, including starting a counselling program for patients living with the virus. He is also helping to develop a Christian Family Practice Residency training program for Liberian doctors. Despite his […]
Pardis Sabeti, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health InstituteMember of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MITDr. Sabeti is a computational geneticist who has created some of the most widely used algorithms to mine genomes for instances of human adaptation and created powerful molecular tools to clarify their biology. In 2014, she was named a TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as an Ebola fighter and in 2015 was one of TIME’s 100 […]