Lectures such as those presented by Professor Ada Yonath will help raise the profile of the University of Gibraltar and enhance its reputation. This was the message from Education Minister Gilbert Licudi on presenting the Israeli crystallographer well known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosomes – the protein builders or the protein synthesizers of the cells in our bodies.
Professor Yonah received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry back in 2009 together for her studies on the structure and function of these ribosomes together with Venkatraman Ramakrishnana and Thomas A. Steitz.
This was the subject of her talk yesterday morning – “The power of ribosomes: The influence of scientific developments on daily life”.
Education Minister Gilbert Licudi welcomed her to Gibraltar and said it was an honour to have her here especially as she was the first Nobel Laureate delivering a lecture at the University of Gibraltar.
“Someone whose research over the years has led to significant advancements in our understanding of genetics and the effectiveness on occasions, of antibiotics,” he said.