Günter Blobel: Pioneer of molecular cell biology (1936-2018).
Günter Blobel was a scientific colossus who dedicated his career to understanding the mechanisms for protein sorting to membrane organelles. His monumental contributions established research paradigms for major arenas of molecular cell biology. For this work, he received many accolades, including the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1999. He was a scientist of extreme passion and a nurturing mentor for generations of researchers, imbuing them with his deep love of cell biology and galvanizing them to continue his scientific legacy. Günter passed away on February 18, 2018, at the age of 81.
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Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1083/jcb.201803048
Publication InfoCoutavas, Elias (2018). Günter Blobel: Pioneer of molecular cell biology (1936-2018). The Journal of cell biology, 217(4). pp. 1163-1167. 10.1083/jcb.201803048. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20159.
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Assistant Professor in Medicine
Dr. Coutavas was recruited to DUMC in 2020 by Dr. Patty Lee, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care, as the Director of divisional science operations. He has a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from NYU and previously worked at the Rockefeller University with Günter Blobel, the 1999 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. His scientific expertise is in biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioimaging, and he has extensive experience in