Venki Ramakrishnan

Venki Ramakrishnan received his PhD in Physics from Ohio University in 1976 but quickly became interested in biology. Since 1999, Ramakrishnan holds his current position as a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, where he and his laboratory have produced groundbreaking insights into how the ribosome ‘reads’ the genetic code. Ramakrishnan is President of the Royal Society since 2015, a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received the Louis-Jeantet prize for medicine in 2007 and shared the Nobel prize for chemistry in 2009.