Roger Tsien, Nobel chemist and UO researcher, dies at 64

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roger Tsien, who collaborated with UO researchers to explore and develop a rainbow of fluorescent proteins, died Aug. 24 in Eugene. He was 64. Tsien worked for much of his career at the University of California, San Diego, but spent some 20 years working with faculty at the UO on research involving the genes responsible for creating proteins that produce luminescence in jellyfish and other organisms. He received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in 2008. RELATED LINKS While he wasn’t the original discoverer of the fluorescent proteins, Tsien developed ways to produce them in many colors and then use them in research. By illuminating specific proteins, fluorescence lets scientists follow cellular processes and better understand how living organisms, including humans, function. Tsien’s connection to…


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