Dr. Abdou Rachid Thiam, a French researcher supported by an IOF, an EU grant managed by the REA, has been part of Nobel Laureate James E. Rothman's team over the last two and a half years. Prof. Rothman has received the Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology, awarded yesterday to three researchers, after discovering how cells precisely transport material.
The scientists' discoveries of ‘machinery regulating vesicle traffic’, a major transport system in our cells, are considered crucial to understand the way the brain communicates, the release of hormones and parts of the immune system.
Dr. Abdou Rachid Thiam (left) and Cells under microscope (right)
Prof. Rothman has received this year’s Nobel Prize because he found proteins embedded in cells vesicles which act as the docking mechanism meaning the cargo (molecules such as hormones and enzymes) is released in the correct location as it moves around cells.