James Rothman, Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for his discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. He shares the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Randy Schekman (University of Berkeley) and Thomas Südhof (Stanford University).
Professor Rothman and his team have developed a close collaboration on this specific topic with a French research team from Ecole Normale Supérieure led by Professor Eric Perez.
Their joint work has been supported by the Partner University Fund since 2011. The goal of their project is to decipher fusion in intracellular trafficking.