Lecture by Nobel Laureate
Depicts the cell in atomic detail - Meet this year´s Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Doctor Richard Henderson.
If you don’t know what it looks like, how are you
supposed to understand its mechanisms? Listen to this year’s Nobel Laureate in
Chemistry Richard Henderson, who has developed cryo-electron microscopy and
thereby made it possible to capture each corner of the cell in atomic detail.
It took 15 years and many trips to the world’s
sharpest electron microscopes before Richard Henderson in 1990 could present a
structure of the purple-coloured protein Bacteriorhodopsin at atomic resolution.
His discovery was then taken further by Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank,
with whom Richard Henderson shares this year’s Nobel Prize "for developing
cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of
biomolecules in solution".
Salmonella’s injection needle
Biochemical maps have long been
filled with blank spaces because the available technology has had difficulty
generating images of much of life's molecular machinery. The development of
cryo-electron microscopy both simplifies and improves the imaging of
biomolecules. Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and
visualise processes they have never previously seen, which is decisive for both
the basic understanding of life's chemistry and for the development of
For example, it is easier than ever before to depict membrane
proteins, which often function as targets for pharmaceuticals, and to capture
Salmonella’s injection needle for attacking cells.
The lecture is free.
Number of seats are limited.
Fika will be served from 3 pm.
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Lecture; Public lecture
RunAn, conference hall, Kårhuset, Campus Johanneberg
14 December, 2017, 15:30
14 December, 2017, 17:10