April 11, 2008

Nobel laureate to offer perspective on proteins

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Kurt Wüthrich, Ph.D.

Nobel laureate to offer perspective on proteins

Kurt Wüthrich, Ph.D., who shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for determining three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution, will deliver the next Discovery Lecture.

His talk, “The NMR View of Proteins,” will be at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall on Wednesday, April 16.

Wüthrich, professor of Structural Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., and professor of Biophysics at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), has published more than 700 scientific papers and reviews. His group has solved more than 70 NMR structures of proteins and nucleic acids, including the immunosuppression system cyclophilin A_cyclosporin A, the homeodomain_operator DNA transcriptional regulatory system, and prion proteins from a variety of species.

In addition to the Nobel, Wuthrich is also a foreign associate in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and received the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology in 1998.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.