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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

BIOSOC Seminar Series Event

16:00 - 17:00
27 April 2012
Turner Sims

Event details

BioSoc conclude this year's seminar series with special guest speaker, Nobel laureate Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, who is visiting from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

In 2009 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to Venkatraman 'Venki' Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". Proteins are synthesised at ribosomes in the translation of the genetic code, and subsequently control the chemistry of all living organisms. Through rigorous biochemistry they obtained crystalline forms of bacterial ribosome and analysed how the crystals scattered x-rays in order to determine their atomic structure.

Dr Ramakrishnan's research, although centred on the biochemical, has significant applications in medical research; these crystal ribosomal structures can be attached to antibiotics to reveal how they work against bacteria, thus providing insight into how potency can be improved against drug-resistant strains.

Furthermore, Dr Ramakrishnan was also honoured with a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2012, for services to molecular biology. This is a unique opportunity to engage with a pioneer in science at the forefront of cutting edge research, that is making its mark in history.

In his talk, Dr Ramakrishnan will take us on a captivating journey along the road to the structure of the ribosome.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards. This event is open to all, but is particularly relevant to students studying Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine and related disciplines.

For his article on the structure of the 30S ribosomal subunit click here

For current information about his lab click here

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Speaker information

NOBEL LAUREATE DR VENKI RAMAKRISHNAN,MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge

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