The 2018 Cartwright Lecture

Joachim Frank, PhD
Joachim Frank, PhD

“Cryo-Electro Microscopy of Molecules in Solution: A New Window on Life Processes in the Cell”


Joachim Frank, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Biological Sciences

Columbia University Irving Medical Center


Thursday, February 14, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Alumni Auditorium

650 W. 168th St., First Floor

Reception to follow in the Schaefer Awards Gallery


Dr. Frank is professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of biological sciences at Columbia University. He received his PhD from the Technical University in Munich and, in 1975, joined the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY, as a Senior Research Scientist. In 1985, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the newly founded School of Public Health of SUNY Albany. In 2008 he moved to New York City to assume his current positions. Dr. Frank’s lab has developed techniques of electron microscopy and single-particle reconstruction of biological macromolecules. He has applied this technique of visualization to explore the structure and dynamics of the ribosome during the process of protein synthesis.

Dr. Frank is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Microbiology.  He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was honored in 2014 with the Franklin Medal for Life Science for his contributions to the development of cryogenic electron microscopy of biological molecules and the study of protein synthesis.  In 2017 he shared the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences with Richard Henderson and Marin van Heel and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet.


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