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Superfund Basic Research Program

The Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) is a network of university grants that are designed to seek solutions to the complex health and environmental issues associated with the nation's hazardous waste sites. The research conducted by the SBRP is a coordinated effort with the Environmental Protection Agency, which is the federal entity charged with cleaning up the worst hazardous waste sites in the country.

The SBRP is federally funded and administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( , an institute of the National Institutes of Health ( Exit NIEHS Website.

UCSD SBRP Grantee, Dr. Roger Tsien, Shares Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Dr. Roger Tsien

The SBRP wishes to congratulate Dr. Roger Tsien on his receipt of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Dr. Roger Tsien, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, received this honor for developing and expanding the use of fluorescent proteins, a tool that allows research scientists to see inside living cells and watch molecules interact in real-time. He shares the award with Osamu Shimomura, who first isolated the green fluorescent protein (GFP) in the 1960s, and Martin Chalfie, the first to use the GFP "as a luminous genetic tag" in the 1990s.

Dr. Tsien is cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as contributing to the general understanding of how GFP fluoresces and expanding the utility of fluorescent proteins in science.

For more information please refer to the UC San Diego News Center ( lPrize08.asp) Exit NIEHS Website.

Congratulations Dr. Tsien!

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