Venki Ramakrishnan was awarded the Nobel Prize 2009 for elucidating the ribosome, macromolecular machines reading the genetic code from DNA via messenger-RNA to produce proteins
All Trinity members – Fellows, Past Fellows, students, alumni very welcome
On Friday 28 August 2020 at 6pm we will meet in central Tokyo.
Venki Ramakrishnan has very generously agreed to hold a video discussion with us.
Venki is structural biochemist, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome“, the macromolecular machines producing proteins by reading genetic information encoded in DNA via messenger-RNA and transfer RNA.
Venki is Trinity Fellow in Natural Sciences (Biological) and in 2015 was elected President of the Royal Society (UK’s National Academy of Sciences), and he is Deputy Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.
Venki has recently published “Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome” for a general audience:
- amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Gene-Machine-Decipher-Secrets-Ribosome-ebook/dp/B07B8LF2DQ/
- amazon.co.jp: https://www.amazon.co.jp/Gene-Machine-Decipher-Secrets-Ribosome/dp/0465093361/
- Here an interview with Venki about his book: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/a-nice-jim-watson-venki-ramakrishnan-on-how-the-double-helix-inspired-him/
If you like to ask Venki questions during our video discussions, best would be if you prepare the questions beforehand, so I can moderate the discussion to make the best use of Venki’s time.
On Friday 28 August 2020 we will meet as follows:
- 6pm- please arrive before 6pm, so that we can start the video discussion with Venki on time
- 6:15pm – 6:40pm video discussion with Venki
- 6:45pm – 9:30pm dinner
Cost of this meeting will be YEN 10,000 including Kaiseki banquet-style dinner and unlimited drinks from a fixed list. We will meet in central Tokyo.
Registration and prepayment until Friday 21 August 2020. I will send location details and account details for prepayment to those who register.
Given the Covid-19 situation we will follow all Government and restaurant rules on hygiene. If the situation changes and it becomes necessary to postpone I will notify those who have registered.
Venki is Fellow of Trinity College, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 for his work on “the structure and function of the ribosome.”:
In 2015 was elected President of the Royal Society (UK’s National Academy of Sciences).
More about Venki:
- English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venki_Ramakrishnan
- Japanese: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ヴェンカトラマン・ラマクリシュナン
- “A nice Jim Watson”: Venki Ramakrishnan on how “The Double Helix” inspired him https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/a-nice-jim-watson-venki-ramakrishnan-on-how-the-double-helix-inspired-him/
- About Venki’s election as President of the Royal Society: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/trinity-biochemist-takes-on-pivotal-public-role/
Venki Ramakrishnan’s lecture at the Royal Institution “The Story of Deciphering the Ribosome”
and you can find many of Venki’s public lectures on YouTube:
“The ribosome in protein synthesis”
The road to the structure of the ribosome: A personal account (UCSD Division of Biological Sciences Memorial Lecture Series)
Induced fit and codon-anticodon recognition on tRNA binding
If you are Trinity College Cambridge Fellow or member living in or visiting Japan please join us. To register, or for any enquiries contact us here:
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Scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 2009 Nobel prize winner in chemistry, 2015 portrait.
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