Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan

Nobel Laureate, President of The Royal Society, London, Indian-American-British structural biologist




Antibiotics and the cell’s protein factory
The thousands of different proteins in each cell are made by translating information encoded in our genes. This translation is fundamental to life. A large molecular machine called the ribosome carries out the process. The ribosome is an ancient molecule that evolved before proteins as we know them today existed. They have developed differently in bacteria and humans, so many antibiotics block the bacterial ribosome without affecting human ones to the same degree. Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will discuss how the structure of the ribosome has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.


AUCKLAND | 6pm Tuesday 4 April
Event Centre, Auckland (War Memorial) Museum

Eventbrite - Sir Venki Ramakrishnan: Antibiotics and the cell's protein factory

This is a Royal Society of New Zealand event, in partnership with the The Royal Society, London.

Views expressed during this talk are those of the speaker, not the Royal Society of New Zealand.

* image. structure of the ribosome, with the small subunit that reads the genetic code on the bottom, the large subunit that makes the protein on top, and the tRNAs that bring in the new amino acids and hold the growing protein chain nestled between the two