Science is for those who like to solve problems, said Katalin Carrico at the University of Pennsylvania, as she and fellow researcher Drew Weisman talked about how their joint work works. It was revealed on Monday that two people have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. Catalin Carrico highlighted that they worked closely together on the research. Meanwhile, more congratulations are coming: On Monday, the biochemist also received a letter from his former teacher, Kesgeszalas.
We met at the camera in 1997 – this is how Catalin Carrico remembers her first meeting with fellow researcher Drew Wiseman. The researchers held a press conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a few hours after announcing that they had received this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The Hungarian biochemist, born in Szolnok, recalls that he met his later research partner by chance. At the time, he was already working on messenger RNA, while his colleague was working on vaccine development. And then their joint work began.
“It was Katie who did pioneering work in this field.”
Drew Wiseman said. They worked closely together on the research. Although they did not have sufficient resources and publishing opportunities, they did not give up and continued their work. More than twenty years have been devoted to further research to find the solution that makes mRNA technology work.
“They said that Drew Weisman and I had won the Nobel Prize, and I thought, ‘I don’t know if that’s true.’” Catalin Carrico recalled the moment she discovered that their work had been recognized by science’s biggest award. He stressed that he had not thought about this matter, as he had worked at the biotechnology company BioNTech for the past nine years to make their research successful.
If it were not for the Covid pandemic, mRNA-based vaccines would still be around, but this has accelerated the process.
250 clinical trials are currently underway to further apply this technology.
Catalin Carrico emphasized: For someone to achieve similar results as a woman, a supportive husband is needed, and mental and physical health, exercise and the ability to withstand stress are also important.
“You have to enjoy it!
If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, don’t do it! If you want attention, be an actor, if you want to follow instructions, then the military is probably the best place for you. If you want to get rich, well, I don’t have a good answer for that, but if you’re good at solving problems, science is for you.
– said Nobel Prize-winning researcher Catalin Carrico.
The Secretary General of the Nobel Committee announced, on Monday morning, in Stockholm, that Katalin Carrico and Drew Wiseman will receive this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Since then, it has been celebrated all over the world. At home, they are especially proud of the researcher. In Kisújszállás, former students, teachers, students and the city administration gathered in front of Móricz Zsigmond High School. Catalin Carrico attended this school.
His former teacher said: Even in the sixth grade, his knowledge was outstanding, and he also won a science competition,
For this very reason, as an elementary school student, he was able to enter the specialized field in high school. His elderly mentor put it this way: He could not have received a greater gift from life than to have been there at the beginning of the Nobel Prize-winning researcher’s career.
Featured image: Hungarian biochemist Katalin Karikó at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on October 2, 2023 (Photo: MTI/AP/Matt Rourke)