April 27, 2011

Advance Notice

Nobel laureate to give biochemistry lecture

The recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is this year's McCormick lecturer. Venki Ramakrishnan will speak Monday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building Auditorium.

"How the ribosome ensures accuracy during decoding the genetic message" is the topic of this fourth annual Donald B. McCormick Lecture, presented by the School of Medicine's biochemistry department.

Ramakrishnan is group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. He received the Nobel Prize along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome."

The publication of the atomic structures of the 50S and 30S ribosomal subunits in the year 2000 revolutionized the understanding of protein synthesis. Ramakrishnan's lecture will focus on the 30S subunit and subsequently on the entire 70S ribosome and on how the ribosome facilitates the accurate translation of the genetic code.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows. For more information, call 404.727.5960 or email Erica Caplan.

The annual McCormick Lectureship honors Donald B. McCormick, former chair of the  biochemistry department, recognizing research in biochemistry and molecular biology.

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