He marries the physician Tong Sun Thian, whom he had met in biology class at university. They have two children.

Brian Kent Kobilka is born to a family of bakers in Little Falls, Minnesota.

He joins Robert Lefkowitz’s team at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and starts his postdoctoral research on GPCRs (G-protein–coupled receptors).

He performs his residency in internal medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. He becomes interested in intensive care medicine, noticing that many medications act on certain cell receptors, so-called GPCRs, to regulate the heart rate and blood pressure, as well as to control pain.

He moves on to study medicine at Yale.

He studies studying biology and chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Brian Kobilka and Robert Lefkowitz are awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for revealing the workings of G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs). These proteins cover cell membranes, receiving hormones and neurotransmitters like adrenaline, histamine or dopamine. So they enable communication between cells and adaptation to new circumstances. About half of all medications used today make use of GPCRs.

He attends St Mary’s elementary school and the local high school.

In 1989 he moves to Stanford and becomes a professor. He and his team continue to research adrenergic, muscarinic and opioid receptors.