Federation of European Biochemical
Societies CONGRESS 2013
“Mechanisms in Biology”
July 6th - 11th 2013,
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
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Nobel Laureates

Sidney Altman (USA)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1989

Born: May 7, 1939, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sidney Altman, Thomas R. Cech
Prize motivation: "for their discovery of catalytic properties of RNA"

July 10, 2013
"Antibiotics: present and future"

Aaron Ciechanover (Israel)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004

Born: 1 October 1947, Haifa, British Protectorate of Palestine (now Israel)
Affiliation at the time of the award:Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko, Irwin Rose

Prize motivation: "for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation"
Field: Biochemistry

July 7, 2013
"The end of the polyubiquitin chain as the hallmark proteasomal signal"

Jules Hoffmann (France)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011

Born: 1941, Echternach, Luxembourg
Bruce A. Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann, Ralph M. Steinman
Prize motivation: "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity"

July 6, 2013
"Evolutionary perspectives of innate immunity"

Robert Huber (Germany)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1988

Born: 1937, Munich, Germany
Johann Deisenhofer, Robert Huber, Hartmut Michel

Prize motivation: "for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre"

July 10, 2013
"Proteases and their control in health and disease"

Roger G. Kornberg (USA)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2006

Born: 24 April 1947, St. Louis, MO, USA
Affiliation at the time of the award: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Prize motivation: "for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription"
Field: Biochemistry, structural chemistry

July 9, 2013
"The molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription"

Jean-Marie Lehn (France)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1987

Born: 30 September 1939, Rosheim, France
Affiliation at the time of the award:Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, College de France, Paris, France
Donald J. Cram, Jean-Marie Lehn, Charles J. Pedersen

Prize motivation: "for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity"
Field: Organic chemistry

July 11, 2013
"Perspectives in chemistry: From supramolecular chemistry towards adaptive chemistry"

Richard Roberts (USA)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993

Born: 6 September 1943, Derby, United Kingdom
Affiliation at the time of the award:New England Biolabs, Beverly, MA, USA
Richard J. Roberts, Phillip A. Sharp

Prize motivation: "for their discoveries of split genes"

July 10, 2013
"Bacterial methylomes"

Jack W. Szostak (USA)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009

Born: 9 November 1952, London, United Kingdom
Affiliation at the time of the award:Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, Jack W. Szostak
Prize motivation: "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"

July 8, 2013
"The origin of cellular life and the emergence of Darwinian evolution"

SusumuTonegawa (Japan)

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1987

Born: 6 September 1939, Nagoya, Japan
Affiliation at the time of the award: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA
Prize motivation: "for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity"

July 9, 2013
"Engrams for genuine and false memories"

Kurt Wüthrich (Switzerland, USA)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002

Born: 4 October 1938, Aarberg, Switzerland
Affiliation at the time of the award: Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich, Switzerland, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
John B. Fenn, Koichi Tanaka, Kurt Wüthrich

Prize motivation: "for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution"
Field: Physical chemical methodology

July 11, 2013
"Structural genomics with soluble and membrane proteins"

Ada E. Yonath (Israel)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009

Born: Jerusalem, Israel
Affiliation at the time of the award:Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, Ada E. Yonath
Prize motivation: "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
Field: Biochemistry, structural chemistry

July 7, 2013
"An ancient chemical bonding machine functioning nowadays"