Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009

Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009

Congratulations Venkataraman Ramakrishnan
for making our Nation Proud.

Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2009

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Website of the Nobel winner

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: A profile

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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Born 1952
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence United Kingdom
Citizenship United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Indian
Fields Biochemistry and Biophysics and Computational Biology
Institutions MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England, Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for Bio-crystallography
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009).

Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan (Tamil: வெங்கட்ராமன் ராமகிருஷ்ணன்; born 1952) is a structural biologist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council located in Cambridge, England.[1] He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.[2][3] He was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath.[4]



Early life and education

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was born in 1952 in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, India,[5] where he completed his pre-university studies at Annamalai University.[6] Later, he obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, in 1971 and then his Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio University in 1976.[7][8][9] He then spent a year taking classes in biology at the University of California, San Diego while transitioning from theoretical physics to biology.[10]

Background and research work

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has published more than 95 research papers, the earliest being in 1977.[11] In 2000, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan's laboratory determined the structure of the 30S subunit of the ribosome and its complexes with several antibiotics.[12] He also published three papers about his ribosome research in the August 26, 1999, and September 21, 2000, issues of the journal Nature.[7] This was followed by studies that provided structural insights into the mechanism that ensures the fidelity of protein biosynthesis. More recently, his laboratory has determined the atomic structure of the whole ribosome in complex with its tRNA and mRNA ligands. Ramakrishnan is also known for his past work on histone and chromatin structure.

Ramakrishnan is known for his work on the determination of the three-dimensional structure of the small ribosomal subunit and its complexes with substrates and antibiotics, which has shed light on the mechanism that ensures the fidelity of protein synthesis, and for his work on the structures of chromatin-related proteins.[13]


Ramakrishnan was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath.[14] Ramakrishnan will be awarded the Nobel Prize along with one-third of the total prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.4 million), in a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.[15] Thus, he became the seventh Indian or person of Indian origin to win the Nobel Prize.[7] Official Nobel Foundation website telephone interview audio with him is available here. [16] He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of EMBO and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


  1. ^ "Venki Ramakrishnan". Laboratory of Molecular Biology. 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  2. ^ "New Trinity Fellows". The Fountain, Trinity College Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  3. ^ "Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan". Trinity College, Cambridge. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  4. ^ Abadjiev, Stanislav P. (7 October 2009). "The Nobel Prize in chemistry is going to Ramakrishnan, Steitz, Yonath". Science Centric. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  5. ^ 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobel Foundation.
  6. ^ Press Trust of India (PTI) (7 October 2009). "Venkatraman's teacher happy over ward's Nobel". Times of India. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  7. ^ a b c Press Trust of India (PTI) (7 October 2009). "Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: A profile". Times of India. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  8. ^ "FACTBOX: Nobel chemistry prize - Who are the winners?". Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  9. ^ Sonwalkar, Prasun (October 8, 2009). "Venkatraman Ramakrishnan wins Nobel for Chemistry". Press Trust of India (PTI). Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  10. ^ Associated Press (7 October 2009). "Profile: Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan". Indian Express. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  11. ^ "Publications (Venki Ramakrishnan)". Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  12. ^ "Welcome to the Ramakrishnan Lab web page". Laboratory of Molecular Biology. 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  13. ^ "About the PNAS Member Editor". PNAS. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  14. ^ "All Nobel Laureates in Chemistry". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  15. ^ Overbye, Dennis (October 7, 2009). "Three Win Nobel for Ribosome Research". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  16. ^ "Venkatraman Ramakrishnan Audio Interview". Nobel Website. Retrieved 2009-10-07.

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