Dr. Randy Schekman received his PhD in biochemistry from Stanford University and completed two years of post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. Immediately after he joined the faculty of the University of California in Berkeley where he remains as a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Additionally, Dr. Schekman is an Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Schekman is a 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the genes and proteins that govern cell membrane trafficking, which has been his focus of research for the past thirty years. His work on cellular trafficking has proven vital to our understanding of why specific diseases occur. Dr. Schekman donated his Nobel Prize money to create an endowment in Basic Cancer Biology at UC Berkeley to honor his mother and sister who both died from cancer. Some of Dr. Schekman’s other awards and honors include the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly and Company Research Award, the Canada Gairdner International Award, and the Dickinson Prize in Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.