Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and currently the 62nd President of The Royal Society, is the 2020 Speaker of the TNQ Distinguished Lectures in the Life Sciences. This will be the tenth edition of this lecture series.
The topic of Venki Ramakrishnan’s lectures is:
‘My Adventures in the Ribosome’
Dr Ramakrishnan will be giving lectures in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, and New Delhi in January 2020.
Admission to the lectures is free and open to all.
Venki Ramakrishnan was born in India, where he got his bachelor’s degree in physics from Baroda University. He moved to the USA in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in physics from Ohio University in 1976. By this time, however, Dr Ramakrishnan had become interested in biology. He therefore went to graduate school again, to study biology at the University of California, San Diego. In 1978, he began post-doctoral work with Peter Moore at Yale University, where he first began working on ribosomes — the large molecular machines in all cells that read instructions in our genes to make proteins. From 1983 – 95 he was a staff scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory before becoming a professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah. In 1999, he moved to his current position as a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.
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