The EMBO Speaker Professor Marina Rodnina

Prof. Marina Rodnina – Department of Physical Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany 

Marina Rodnina obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology in Kiev, Ukraine, and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany, funded by a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was appointed a university professor there and, from 2000 to 2009, held the chair of Physical Biochemistry. Since 2008 she is the head of the Department of Physical Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. Marina Rodnina has developed novel approaches to study the function of the ribosome as a macromolecular machine. Her group pioneered the use of kinetic and fluorescence methods in conjunction with quantitative biochemistry to solve the mechanisms of translation. Marina Rodnina has over 170 publications in this research area. Since 2004 she has been an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and since 2008 a Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She received the Hans Neurath Award of the Protein Society in 2015 and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2016. Her current interests are focused on the dynamics of the ribosome and translation factors, and the mechanisms of translational recoding and co-translational folding. 

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