On Wed, Oct 10, 2012, UMD graduate Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with another U.S. scientist, for studies about how cells in our body sense their environments. These studies are key for developing better drugs. Kobilka shares the prize with fellow American Robert Lefkowitz. Kobilka, from Little Falls, Minn., graduated from UMD in 1977 with bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry. He met his future wife, Tong Sun Thian, in biology class at UMD. Kobilka and Tong Sun did research in a developmental biology lab at UMD. Several UMD professors including including Robert Carlson, Chemistry and Conrad Firling, Biology have been giving interviews about Kobilka to newspapers and TV stations around the world.