Sunday, October 11, 2009

Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore Venkatraman Ramakrishnan wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009 !!

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009
"for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"

Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan (Tamil: வெங்கட்ராமன் ராமகிருஷ்ணன்; [Homepage] born 1952 in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India) is a structural biologist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council located in Cambridge, England. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath.

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Indian-American Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 57, has won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation announced on Wednesday. He shares it with Thomas Steitz, an American, and Ada Yonath, an Israeli.

Well known as `Venky' in India's scientific circles, Ramakrishnan, has been a visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, for many years. He was born and schooled at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu and graduated from M.S. University in Vadodara, Gujarat, before moving to the United States for his Ph.D. from Ohio University.

He is the seventh person of Indian origin to win the Nobel.

"People here are very excited," said P. Balaram, director of IISc. "His is one of the most magnificent pieces of work in structural biology."

The three scientists won the prize for their research into ribosomes, which are proteinproducing structures found in all cells. Ramakrishnan used X-ray crystallography -- the same method used by the discoverers of the DNA -- to map the thousands of microscopic atoms that make up a ribosome.

The Nobel committee described ribosomal protein synthesis as "one of life's core processes." Antibiotics based on Ramakrishnan's model will save lives and decrease suffering, the Committee added.


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