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Understanding biomolecules better

25th Hermann Staudinger Lecture with Nobel laureate Joachim Frank on July 2, 2018

Freiburg, Jun 19, 2018

Understanding biomolecules better

Joachim Frank. Photo: private source

The Nobel laureate Prof. Dr. Joachim Frank from Columbia University in New York, USA will hold the 25th Hermann Staudinger lecture at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In 2017, together with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contribution to the development of cryo-electron microscopy. This enables the high-resolution imaging and structure determination of biomolecules in solutions. The visualization of biomolecules has revolutionized biochemistry and has expanded the potential of electron technology into the study of living matter. Thus, for example, antibiotic resistance-developing proteins and individual virus strains, including Zika, can be illustrated and better understood. In his lecture, the alumnus of the University of Freiburg, who studied physics at the University of Freiburg from 1960 to 1963, will explain the far-reaching significance of this new technology and, among other things, address future areas of application, such as molecular medicine.