The audience in a full Aula Nova was taken on a scientific journey to encounter genes and proteins inhabiting our cells and controlling our biological clock. Michael W. Young and Michael Rosbash, two of this year’s Noble Prize winners in medicine, arrived at Örebro University as a finale of their ten-day visit to Sweden.
“People are dependent on the rhythm provided by the biological clock, something we should all be aware of. We shouldn’t fight it,” says Michael W. Young, pointing to sleep as a necessary component of this circadian rhythm.
The two Nobel Prize winners gave a public lecture and answered a number of questions from students and faculty at the University. International Master’s student Loureen Oduor had a chance to catch Michael Rosbash for a few questions.
A trip to Björkborn, Alfred Nobel’s home was next on the itinerary, a visit that included handprints and tree planting. And of course coffee and a piece of this year’s Nobel cake. The day ended with dinner at Örebro Castle.