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Ada E. Yonath

Photo of Ada E. YonathBorn in Jerusalem, Israel, Prof. Ada Yonath, studied at the Hebrew University, earned Ph.D. degree from Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) and completed her postdoctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon and MIT universities in the USA. In the seventies she established the first laboratory for protein crystallography in Israel, which was the only laboratory of this kind in the country for almost a decade. Currently she is the Kimmel Professor of structural biology at WIS, and the Director of the Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly. From 1986-2004 she also headed the Max-Planck Research Unit in Hamburg, Germany.

She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS); the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities; the European Academy of Sciences and Art; the European Molecular Biology Organization and the International Academy of Astronautics. She also holds honorary doctorates from the Hebrew, Open, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion and Bar Ilan universities in Israel; as well as from KEK Institute in Japan, Fujou University in China, New York University in USA, Oslo University in Norway and Oxford University in UK.

Her awards include the 1st European Crystallography Prize; the Israel Prize; the Paul Karrer Gold Medal; the Israel Prime Minister EMET award; the Rothschild Prize; the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize; the Paul Ehrlich-Ludwig Medal; the Linus Pauling Gold Medal; the Anfinsen Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Massry Award and Medal; the UNESCO Award for Women in Science; the Albert Einstein World Award for Excellence; the Erice Prize for Peace; the DESY pin; the Exner medal, the Indian Prim minister Gold medal, the President of Panama medal, the WISH Award form the University of Lausanne and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Yonath is using X-ray crystallography supported by molecular biology, mutagenesis and other biophysical methods to investigate protein biosynthesis. She is focusing on the ribosome, the cellular particle translating the genetic code into proteins, on its origin and on its inhibition by antibiotics

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