One of the scientists sharing the 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine has started a research enterprise at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Bruce Beutler was one of three scientists tabbed Monday to share the prize for discoveries about the immune system. The 53-year-old became director of the new Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern on Sept. 1.
He holds dual appointments at UT Southwestern and as professor of genetics and immunology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. He will become a full-time faculty member at UT Southwestern on Dec. 1.
Beutler becomes the fifth Nobel laureate on the faculty at UT Southwestern.
Beutler started his scientific career at the school and served on the faculty from 1986 to 2000.