Prof Nenad Ban
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Nenad Ban is a professor of structural molecular biology at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). His research focuses on bacterial and eukaryotic ribosomes through crystallographic, electron microscopic and biochemical experiments. The studies have provided fundamental insights into the process of protein synthesis in all kingdoms of life including eukaryotic ribosomes, which at 4.3 MDa are much larger and complex than their 2.6 MDa bacterial counterparts. Recently, he was able to visualize how the Corona virus controls human ribosomes to ensure viral protein production. He has also worked on large multifunctional enzymes for fatty acid synthesis revealing fundamental aspects of substrate shuttling. Nenad is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), the German Academy of Sciences, the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of several awards including the Heinrich Wieland prize, Roessler prize (ETH Zurich), Spiridon Brusina medal and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Nenad obtained his PhD degree from the University of California, Riverside with Alexander McPherson. For his postdoctoral work he moved to Yale University to the laboratory of Thomas Steitz (Nobel Prize 2009).