Randy Schekman studied the enzymology of DNA replication as a graduate student with Arthur Kornberg at Stanford University. His current interest in cellular membranes developed during a postdoctoral period with S. J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. At Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic. Among his awards are the Gairdner International Award, the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Associate of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and a Foreign Associate of the Royal Society of London. In 1999, he was elected president of the American Society for Cell Biology. In 2002, he was appointed editor in chief of the Annual Reviews of Cell and Developmental Biology. From 2006-2011 he served as editor in chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2011, he was appointed editor in chief of the open access journal, eLife, sponsored by the HHMI, Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck Society.
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