Nobel laureate Prof Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan visits IIT Delhi; interacts with researchers, students

Nobel laureate Prof Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan visited IIT Delhi on 24th January and interacted with Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi; Prof AK Ganguli, Deputy Director and other senior functionaries of the institute.

Prof Ramakrishnan had shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome. The Nobel laureate also visited Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, IIT Delhi where he interacted with Prof James Gomes, school’s head; faculty, research scholars and students.

He was elected President of the Royal Society for a term of five years starting in 2015.

Prof Ramakrishnan began work on ribosomes as a postdoctoral fellow with Peter Moore at Yale University.

He continued to work on ribosomes from 1983-95 as a staff scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

In 1995 he moved to the University of Utah as a Professor of Biochemistry, and in 1999, he moved to his current position at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, where he had also been a sabbatical visitor during 1991-92 on a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Dr. Emilie Marcus, Executive Strategy Officer at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, also visited IIT Delhi along with Prof Ramakrishnan. Dr Marcus is former CEO of Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cell.

24th Jan 2020