Professor Paul Modrich is the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute. He has spent four decades studying how mistakes in the DNA code are repaired.
Professor Modrich’s basic science research has produced fundamental insights into cell function that have great potential for the development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases.
This is Duke’s second Nobel Prize in Chemistry in four years, as James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry Robert Lefkowitz received the award in 2012. 
Professor Modrich shares the Nobel Prize with Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in the UK and Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Extracted from Duke-NUS Dean Professor Thomas Coffman's memo to staff, 8 Oct 2013
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