Nobel Laureate will Discuss Protein Power
News Apr 03, 2006
Professor Huber, a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of protein crystallography, will visit The University of Queensland (Tuesday 4 April) to give guest lectures and meet with scientists about future collaborations in the area of biochemistry.
Professor Huber studied chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, receiving his Diploma in 1960 majoring in crystallographic studies. In 1971 he was appointed as a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and Chair of Structural Biology at the Bio-Center of the University of Basel.
In 1976 he became Professor at the Technical University of Munich. His studies of proteins in the 1980s included excitation energy and electron transfer to which Professor Huber will make reference in his lecture.
The development of methods of protein crystallography has been his lifetime work. In 1988 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel for “A Structural Basis of Light Energy and Electron Transfer in Biology”.
His public lecture on Proteins and their structures: from basic science to biomedicine, will be held in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80) auditorium at UQ St Lucia between 6-8pm on Tuesday.
He will present the studies which earned him the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1988 and discuss the future of protein crystallography to reduce several diseases such as influenza and cancer.
Global science and research-based company Bayer is sponsoring the visit as part of the company's commitment to developing innovative solutions to Australia's health and agricultural issues.
“Bayer is particularly excited to be involved in Professor Huber's visit given our current research and development projects in areas such as biotechnology and our commitment to innovation,” Bayer Managing Director Sam Howard said.
“His presentation is an absolute must for biochemical students, researchers and enthusiasts,” Mr Howard said.
Professor Huber's visit to Brisbane is part of German Weeks 2006, a two-month celebration of modern Germany featuring business, science, technology, political, cultural, musical and sports events in Brisbane orgnaised by the German Consulate-General in Sydney.