Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman, whose work has helped clarify the elaborate and complicated journey that proteins make before they are secreted from cells, will speak at California State University, Long Beach on Thursday to give the campus’ 36th Nobel Laureate Lecture.

In 2013 Schekman received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, an award he shared with James Rothman from Yale and Dr. Thomas Südhof from Stanford.

Two separate events, a general lecture at 11:00AM and a technical lecture at 4:00PM, will be held in the University Student Union and are open to the public.

Schekman’s work has had a major impact on increasing the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, where the proteins’ pathway is disturbed. His work was a significant discovery in the field of basic cell biology and the conditions which primarily affect the neurons in the human brain, according to a statement from CSULB.

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