October 4, 2004
Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, today issued the following statement on the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Richard Axel, University Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons:
"Columbia University is honored that our esteemed faculty member, Richard Axel, has received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering studies clarifying how our sense of smell works. Richard's groundbreaking research solves the puzzle of how we translate the sensations around us into knowledge that is key for our survival and quality of life. Richard has been at Columbia University Medical Center his entire professional career and was an undergraduate at Columbia College. Linda Buck, who shares this Nobel, did her postdoctoral studies with Richard at Columbia University. We extend our congratulations to both of them. Axel and Buck join a group of 72 notable Columbians whose work has been recognized by the Nobel foundation, including 21 in the category of physiology or medicine."