Professor James E. Rothman, 2013 Nobel laureate in Medicine, Awarded Legion of Honor

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2013 Nobel laureate and Yale professor James E. Rothman was awarded Officer of the French Legion of Honor by theFrench Ambassador to the U.S. François Delattre on April 4, 2014, in New York City. Rothman received this insignia in recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of cellular biology, its fundamental impact on medical advancements, and for his close collaboration with French laboratories over the course of his career.

James E. Rothman is the Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences, professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology, and professor of chemistry at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also founded the Department of Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and served as vice-chairman of the Sloan-Kettering Institute and head of Columbia University’s Sulzberger Genome Center. He was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013.

In 2011, Rothman received a three-year grant from the Partner University Fund (PUF), a joint program of the Embassy of France and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange). This award supports the work of Rothman’s team with Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and helps these two laboratories, both worldwide leaders in their respective fields, to collaborate on the topic of membrane fusion in intracellular trafficking.

Established in 2007, the Partner University Fund supports innovative and long-lasting partnerships between French and US institutions of research and higher education. This funding program fosters multifaceted partnerships in education and research, in all disciplines, at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. The Partner University Fund fosters comprehensive and ambitious transatlantic cooperation and supports up to three-year exchanges of professors, students, postdoctoral fellows, allowing for the development of dual degrees and shared curricula, and collaborative research. Since the program’s inception, 71 projects have benefited from its support.

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