Prof. Ada Yonath

Director of Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure, Weizmann Institute

Prof. Ada Yonath is the WIS Kimmel Professor and the Director of Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure at the Weizmann Institute, Isreal. Prof. Yonath graduated from the Hebrew University and earned her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute (WIS). She then went on to be a postdoctoral researcher at the Mellon Institute and MIT, USA. In the seventies she established the first laboratory for structural biology in Israel, the only laboratory of this kind in the country for almost a decade. In parallel, during 1986-2004 she headed the Max-Planck-Research-Unit for Ribosome Structure in Hamburg. Among others she is a member of the US National Academy; Israel Academy of Sciences; Korean Academy, Leopoldina German Academy and EMBO. She holds honorary doctorates from Oslo, NYU, Mount Sinai, Oxford, Cambridge, Hamburg, Berlin-Technical, Patras and most Israeli Universities. Her awards include the Israel Prize, Paul-Karrer Medal, Louisa-Gross-Horwitz Prize, Ehrlich-Ludwig Medal, Linus Pauling Gold Medal, Anfinsen Prize, Wolf Prize, UNESCO/L’Oreal Award, Albert-Einstein World Award for Excellence, Erice Peace Prize, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Nobel Prize for Chemistry.