Paul L. Modrich
Paul L. Modrich, Nobel Laureate in chemistry in Stockholm December 2015
Paul Lawrence Modrich
June 13, 1946
Raton, New Mexico, U.S.
Stanford University (PhD)
|Known for||Clarification of cellular resistance to carcinogens|
|Fields||DNA mismatch repair|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Lehman|
Paul Lawrence Modrich (born June 13, 1946) is an American biochemist, James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is known for his research on DNA mismatch repair. Modrich received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015, jointly with Aziz Sancar and Tomas Lindahl.
Early life and education
Modrich was born on June 13, 1946, in Raton, New Mexico to Laurence Modrich and Margaret McTurk. He has a younger brother Dave. His father was a biology teacher and coach for basketball, football and tennis at Raton High School where he graduated in 1964. Modrich is of German, Scotch-Irish, Croatian and Montenegrin descent. His paternal grandfather, of Croatian descent, and grandmother of Montenegrin descent, immigrated to the United States from coastal Croatia in the late 19th century. His maternal family is of mixed German and Scotch-Irish descent. Modrich married fellow scientist Vickers Burdett in 1980.
Modrich became an assistant professor at the chemistry department of University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He joined Duke University's faculty in 1976 and has been a Howard Hughes Investigator since 1995. He works primarily on strand-directed mismatch repair. His lab demonstrated how DNA mismatch repair serves as a copyeditor to prevent errors from DNA polymerase. Matthew Meselson previously proposed the existence of recognition of mismatches. Modrich performed biochemical experiments to study mismatch repair in E. coli. They later searched for proteins associated with mismatch repair in humans.
Honors and awards
Honors and awards received by Modrich include:
- 1983: Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry
- 1996: General Motors Charles S. Mott Prize in Cancer Research
- 1998: Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Medical Research Award for cancer research
- 2000 Feodor Lynen Medal
- 2005: American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
- 2015: Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- 2016: Arthur Kornberg and Paul Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences
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- Su, SS; Modrich, P (July 1986). "Escherichia coli mutS-encoded protein binds to mismatched DNA base pairs". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 83 (14): 5057–61. doi:10.1073/pnas.83.14.5057. PMC 323889. PMID 3014530.
- "Paul L. Modrich (PhD '73)". Stanford Medicine Alumni Association. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
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