LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A University of Southern California professor was awarded the Nobel Prize Wednesday in Chemistry.

The Nobel Prize Committee gave the award to Professor Arieh Warshel and two other recipients for their work which allowed chemists the flexibility to use two different types of physics to solve problems.

“In short, what we discovered is a way which requires computers to look, to take the structure of a protein, and then to eventually understand how exactly ti does what it does,” Warshel said.

The computer models ultimately allow researchers to understand complex chemical interactions in the body for creating new drugs.

Warshel is both an American and Israeli citizen.

The two other recipients are Martin Karplus, who is affiliated with Harvard and the University of Strasbourg in France, and Michael Levitt, a British and Israeli citizen who teaches at Stanford.

The three men will share a $1.3 million monetary prize.

Professor Warshel is now the fourth Nobel Laureate at USC.

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