Thursday, March 24, 2011

Technion Life Science in Action

Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate 2009 (Chemistry), Cambridge University, UK. delivered this years lecture at Technion. Entitled: The Structural Basis of Decoding by the Ribosome.
Held as part of The Lokey Center Distinguished Lecture Series, opening Remarks from Technion Nobel Laureate 2004 (Chemistry), Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, who spoke of the lowering barriers between basic sciences.
The Nobel Laureates planted a tree to celebrate the occasion, in accordance with the tradition of Prof. Albert Einstein, founder of the 1st Technion Society.

Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Prof. Aaron Ciechanover. Prof. Yuval Shoham.

Technion guest Nobel Laureate Venkatramen Ramakrishnan joins a list of Nobel Laureates who planted trees to celebrate their visit to Technion. The tradition was begun by Prof. Albert Einstein - Chairman of the first Technion Society, who planted two palm trees in 1921 in front of the Technion's majestic first building in Hadar, Haifa.

1921: Albert Einstein initiates the Technion Nobel tradition.

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Nobel Laureate Trees planted at Lokey Park and on Technion soil.
  • Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, UK; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2009
  • Professor Ada Yonath, Israel; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2009
  • Professor Linda B. Buck, USA; Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine 2004
  • Prof. Avram Hershko, Israel; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2004
  • Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, Israel; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2004
  • Prof. Tim Hunt. U.K; Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 2001
  • Prof. Kurt Wüthrich, Switzerland; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2002
  • Prof. Günter Blobel, USA; Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1999
  • Prof. Ferid Murad, USA; Nobel Laureate in Medicine, 1998
  • Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, France; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1987
  • Prof. David Gross, USA; Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2004
  • Prof. Elie Wiesel, USA; Nobel Laureate in Peace, 1986
  • Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italy; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1986
  • Albert Einstein, Germany/USA at old site; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1921
Prof. Venkatramen Ramakrishnan talks here of his Nobel Prize:

Lokey Life Science in Action

"The Illumina HiSeq 2000 is the first of its kind to be installed in Israel and it will enable Technion researchers to perform human genotyping for personalized medicine."

A report from director of the Larry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Science and Engineering, Prof. Yuval Shoham.

This month, the first researchers will be moving into their new laboratories in the Emerson Family Life Sciences Building.  This will include the infrastructure units.  The move was somewhat delayed because of the very special specifications of each lab.

Inside the Emerson Family Life Science Building at Technion
We recently obtained the most advanced DNA sequencing instrument called the Illumina HiSeq 2000.  As you are probably aware, DNA sequencing technology was revolutionized in the last five years, bringing down time and cost by several orders of magnitude.   For the first time, this revolutionary technology allows scientists to decipher entire human, animal and plant genomes in just a few days, a feat that had required years and billions of dollars beforehand. The Illumina HiSeq 2000 is the first of its kind to be installed in Israel and it will enable Technion researchers to perform human genotyping for personalized medicine.  If nanomedicine is to solve complex human diseases, it must first seek to understand them at the molecular level. Sequencing has become invaluable in understanding diseases by identifying the genetic variation between diseased and normal states. Identifying the causal genes and variants would represent a significant step towards improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease.

The HiSeq 2000 - decoding genes in days. 


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