, Volume 54, Issue 12, pp 2021-2023
Date: 30 Oct 2011

Merging disciplines: chemical bases of life processes are revealed by X-ray crystallography

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YONATH Ada E. is a Nobel Laureate and the Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She grew up in Jerusalem, and received her undergraduate and M.Sc. studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yonath conducted Ph.D. studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and postdoctoral work at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. She shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz for “for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”, among many honors and awards she has received.