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Apr. 18,  2011

Nobel Laureate to Speak at Emory's McCormick Lecture

Venki Ramakrishnan, PhD, Received 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

News Article ImageVenki Ramakrishnan, PhD


Fourth Annual Donald B. McCormick Lecture
Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
Venki Ramakrishnan, PhD, Nobel Laureate 2009; Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom
“How the Ribosome Ensures Accuracy During Decoding the Genetic Message”


Monday, May 2, 2011, 4 to 5 p.m., reception following


Auditorium, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, Emory University, 1440 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322. Map and directions online.


Dr. Ramakrishnan received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 along with Drs. 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 2000 revolutionized the understanding of protein synthesis. Dr. 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.


Free and open to Emory faculty, staff and students, and to the public. For more information, call 404-727-5960, or email Erica Caplan at


The annual McCormick Lectureship honors the former chair of the Emory Department of Biochemistry, Donald B. McCormick, PhD, professor emeritus in biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. The lectureship honors outstanding research in biochemistry and molecular biology.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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