Ceremony to confer honorific title of Doctor Honoris Causa of “Nicolae Testemițanu” University on Professor Randy Schekman

The State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemițanu” invites to the ceremony to confer the honorific title of Doctor Honoris Causa on Professor Randy Wayne Schekman, who works at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology of the University of California, Berkeley, the U.S., a Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Medicine (2013), an internationally renowned scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The honorific title will be conferred for prodigious scientific activity, fundamental discoveries in the field of molecular biology, which represent the milestone of all the normal biological and pathological processes of living organisms, including the humans, with beneficial results for the comprehension, prophylaxis and treatment of the severest diseases, and cultivation of general human values at international level.

The ceremony will be held on September 19, 2023, at 2:30pm, in the Senate Hall, third floor, Central Teaching Block of the University (165 Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt Blvd).

The event will involve members of the Senate of “Nicolae Testemițanu” University, university subdivision heads, professors, students, resident doctors, doctoral students, representatives of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, and other invitees.

Professor Randy Schekman is well-known on the international scientific arena for his meritorious results in promoting science and for substantial contributions in fundamental cytology research.

Starting with 2019, he has established relations of cooperation with researches in the Republic of Moldova. These relations intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Schekman conducted studies regarding the pandemic, the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the efficiency of vaccine shots.

In 2013, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the machinery regulating vesicle traffic through cell membranes – a process through which cells organize their activity and communicate with the environment. The same year, the Republic of Moldova was mentioned on the portal of Nobel Prizes by professor Randy Schekman, who in his biography made reference to his Bessarabian genealogical roots. The parents of his mother were from Lipcani town of Briceni district, where the grandparents of our protagonist were buried. This makes him state that it is his holy duty to visit our country.

The agenda of professor Randy Schekman’s visit includes the presentation of a plenary scientific report entitled “Genes, cells and discoveries in basic science and disease” at the International Scientific Conference on Nanotechnologies and Biomedical Engineering, which will be held in Chisinau during September 20-23, 2023, and the holding of a public lecture entitled “Path to the Nobel Prize” witch is intended for lyceum and university students and young researchers. 

While in the Republic of Moldova, the famous scientist Schekman will pay a visit to Lipcani village of Briceni district. This will be “the first return to the native land of a member of his family the past 100 years”.

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