Featuring: Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD
A celebrated molecular neuroscientist, Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD, is responsible for landmark discoveries that have changed our understanding of how humans see the world. He is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Nathans' groundbreaking insights into the molecular mechanisms of visual system development and function have led Northwestern University to name him the 2022 recipient of the Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science. The $200,000 Nemmers Prize in Medical Science is awarded every two years to a physician-scientist whose research exhibits not only outstanding achievement in medical science, but also lasting significance.
Nathans’ research into the mechanisms that allow humans to see colors led him to identify the genes that code for color-vision receptors in the light-sensing cones of the retina. This groundbreaking discovery led to an unprecedented understanding of color blindness. It also led Nathans to new insights in the development, function and survival of the retina, including diseases of the vision system as well.
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Recorded on September 12, 2022.
Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD, is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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