At the time that this video was recorded, Dr. Raymond Deshaies was a Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Deshaies will be transitioning to a new position as Senior Vice President for Discovery Research at Amgen, in 2017.
Deshaies received his BS in biochemistry from Cornell University and his PhD, also in biochemistry, from the University of California, Berkeley. It was as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, that Deshaies found that a cell cycle protein he was investigating was modified by the addition of ubiquitin. This began a career-long interest in the role of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in regulating protein homeostasis, both in normal cell function and in diseases such as cancer.
Deshaies has received numerous awards for his outstanding research. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011) and as a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (2016). Learn more about Deshaies’ research here.