2012 Tar Heels of the Year: Robert Lefkowitz and Myron Cohen

December 30, 2012 


2012 Tar Heels of the Year, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz (left) and Dr. Myron Cohen photographed on Thursday December 20, 2012 in Durham, N.C.

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

Robert Lefkowitz and Myron Cohen are changing the world. Their reach is international, but their work is rooted locally, at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Both are considered brilliant scholars who take big risks. They have iconic status among scientists worldwide, but they also represent the day-to-day work that’s such a critical part of the Triangle’s culture.

Cohen, with his landmark HIV study, and Lefkowitz, with research that won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, have barely met. But they got together recently for a joint photo. At that meeting, Cohen did what any good scientist would: He pumped Lefkowitz for details about what it’s like to win the Nobel.

Read their profiles:
Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, Nobel in hand, still shapes young researchers

Dr. Myron Cohen's work changes the game on HIV

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