Dr. Prinz earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard’s Cell Biology Department before moving to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health, where he spent the next 21 years conducting research.

In his years at the NIDDK and as a student, Dr. Prinz published 88 scientific papers. His research focused on the tiny organelles within cells that do the cell’s work, much like the organs in a human body. He is best known for studies into the exchange of fats (also called lipids) between organelles at so-called membrane contact sites where organelles come in close contact within a cell. Dr. Prinz is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cell Biology, Developmental Cell, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.