The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Two of these awardees, Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall, are professors at Brandeis University.
Rosbash is the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and is a professor of biology at Brandeis University. Meanwhile, Hall is professor emeritus of biology at Brandeis. Together with Young of The Rockefeller University in New York, they were recognised by the Nobel committee for discovering the master “body clock” that controls body temperature, metabolism, and many other biological processes of nearly all life forms.
Their findings are instrumental in developing cures for a wide variety of diseases and sleep disorders.