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Ambassador François Delattre, Frédéric Pincet, James E. Rothman and Eric Perez.

France Honors Prof. James E. Rothman, a 2011 PUF Laureate, with the Legion of Honor
France Honors Prof. James E. Rothman, a 2011 PUF Laureate, with the Legion of Honor

On April 4, 2014, the rank of officer of the Legion of Honor was conferred by Ambassador François Delattre on Yale University’s Professor James E. Rothman, an exceptional scientist whose research work focuses on the essential biochemical communication inside the body.

In 2013, Professor Rothman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine along with two other brilliant researchers, Randy Schekman, and Thomas C. Südhof, for their work on cell transport systems.

With the support of the Partner University Fund, Professor Rothman developed a strong partnership with renowned French biophysicists from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris focusing on how to decipher fusion in intracellular trafficking.

“The project between Prof. J. Rothman at Yale University and Prof. F. Pincet at the Ecole Normale Supérieure has been rapidly productive because of the utmost complementarity of both laboratories, on a theme that is at the base of how brain works, the core challenge of the 21st century science. This scientific context sparked off the enthusiasm of the members of both laboratories.” states Eric Perez, from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

“The multi-disciplinary collaboration between James Rothman and the physics department of the ENS in Paris is driven by the extraordinary vision, creativity and enthusiasm of Professor Rothman”, adds Frédéric Pincet. “Honoring Professor Rothman with the Legion of Honor also recognizes the tight and productive bond between the two laboratories and motivates them to pursue their quest for a better understanding of membrane fusion.”

On April 4th, the roomful of family members, French officials, colleagues, supporters of PUF, and friends who had gathered to celebrate this unusual conferral of the rank of officer of the Legion of Honor will never forget Prof. Rothman’s fascinating explanation of his scientific work in his remarks upon receiving the medal.




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