Otto Warburg Medal 2019

Otto Warburg Medal 2019 for Marina Rodnina

Prof. Dr. Marina Rodnina from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry has been awarded the Otto Warburg Medal 2019. The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) as well as its cooperation partners, the information analytics company Elsevier and  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) journals, honoured Prof. Rodnina for her innovative research on understanding the structure and function of ribosomes.

Prof. Rodnina's research has not only revealed central principles of the function of ribosomes, but has also revolutionized ribosome research as a whole and contributed considerably to the understanding of protein complexes.

Marina Rodnina is regarded as an expert in the field of research into large protein complexes. She developed new methods to investigate the functions of ribosomes and contributed to the elucidation of protein biosynthesis. Together with colleagues, she solved how the ribosome can synthesize the proteins rapidly and accurately, how it makes peptide bonds and how it moves along the messenger RNA.