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Edwin G. Krebs

Edwin G. Krebs, MD, FAHA, professor emeritus of pharmacology and biochemistry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, died in December 2009 at the age of 91. Dr. Krebs shared the 1992 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. Edmond H. Fischer, PhD, "for their discoveries concerning reversible protein phosphorylation as a biological regulatory mechanism."

Dr. Krebs earned his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and completed residency training in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital. He served on active duty in the US Navy as a medical officer and, after World War II, returned to St. Louis where he worked in the lab of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Carl Cori. Dr. Cori received the Nobel Prize in 1947 for his role in the discovery of the course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen. The following year, after his fellowship in Dr. Cori's laboratory was finished, Dr. Krebs became an assistant professor at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. The UW School of Medicine had been established for just 2 years at the time.

Dr. Krebs spent the majority of his career at the UW. He accepted a post at the University of California Davis medical school as department chair of biological chemistry in 1969, but returned to the UW in …

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