NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Carlos Bustamante, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley,
was named the recipient of the 2012 Vilcek Prize for Biomedical
Science. Awarded annually, the prize honors foreign-born scholars with a
lifetime record of achievement and innovation. Dr. Bustamante was
cited for his pioneering discoveries in the field of molecular biology
and biophysics; most notably, he has invented tools that make it
possible, for the first time, to study life-sustaining cellular
processes at the level of single molecules. His methods allow for the
manipulation of individual molecules that play central functions inside a
cell, giving scientists deeper insight into some of the vital processes
occurring inside cells. Beyond laying the groundwork for future
potential treatments for life-threatening human diseases, Dr.
Bustamante's work has made possible to use ever-finer tools to observe
molecular interactions inside cells.