Magic Biomacromolecule-Professor Joachim Frank, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry in 2017 Gives an Academic Report in SMU
On the afternoon of October 28, 2017, Professor Joachim Frank of Columbia University, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017, arrived at the school to give the second lecture in a series of academic lectures on "Dialogue with Masters-International Academic Prize Winners on the Campus of SMU". Professor Liu Yubin,the president of SUM, professor Zhang Minshan, the vice president of SMU , and other relevant leaders from International Cooperation and Exchange Office and Institute of Chemistry and Environmental Protection Engineering attended the event.
Professor Joachim Frank gave a special academic report on "Single Particle Freezing Electron Microscope Technology of Biomolecules: Visualization of Biomolecules in Natural State" at the New Star Theater of Airport Campus, describing his achievements in the accurate analysis of ribosomal structure. Vice President Zhang Minshan extended a warm welcome to Professor Joachim Frank on behalf of more than 30,000 teachers and students of all ethnic groups in the school. He hoped that everyone would respect science, advocate truth, and study the persevering research spirit of academic masters.
In the report, Professor Frank introduced the importance of biomolecular structure research, combined with the development process of cryoelectron microscopy to explain how he developed SPIDER image processing technology. This technology can analyze, merge and reconstruct the fuzzy two-dimensional images of biomolecules obtained under low electron beam intensity, which is a powerful means to study the structure and dynamic process of biomolecules in real environment. Professor Frank, with his years of accumulated profound knowledge, rich academic achievements and unique academic insights, has brought a brilliant academic exchange feast for the school's teachers and students to , and has been highly valued by the school's teachers and students.
At 17:45 on October 4, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced in Stockholm that the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry would be awarded to Jacques Dubochet, a scientist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Joachim Frank, a scientist at Columbia University in the United States, Richard Henderson, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, England, praising for their research of the development of frozen electron microscope technology to determine the structure of biomolecules in the solution with high resolution.
Professor Joachim Frank is a German-born biological physicist, an academician of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, a professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and biology at Columbia University in the United States. In 1970, he obtained a Ph. D. from the German Industrial University of Munich. During 1975-2008, Professor Frank perfected the single-particle algorithm of electron microscope image processing, and invented the SPIDER software, which has been widely used in the worldwide laboratory.