Professor Awarded Prestigious Prizes in Medical Research
James A. “Jamie” Thompson, a UCSB professor and renowned stem cell expert, is one of three scientists who have been named the recipients of the 11th annual Albany Medical Center
Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. The $500,000 is the largest award in medicine and science in the United States.
Thompson was also awarded the 2011 King Faisal International Prize for Medicine. Thomson’s research showed that human skin cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells with all the properties of embryonic stem cells.
Thompson is a professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; co-director of UCSB’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering –– which is part of UCSB’s Neuroscience Research Institute.