Dr. Thomas Steitz
Dr. Thomas Steitz

Dr. Thomas Steitz will give the 12th annual Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture Dec. 4.

Held at 4 p.m. in MSB 3.001, Steitz, a Nobel laureate from Yale University, will present , “From the Structure and Function of the Ribosome to New Antibiotics.”

Steitz, the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and professor of chemistry, has served on the Yale faculty since 1970. He received the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry for demonstrating the structure and function of the ribosome, which has led to the creation of new antibiotics.

He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at Harvard and a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at Cambridge.

He also is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture was established in 2001 to honor Dr. Ernst Knobil, the third dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Knobil was one of the world’s leading neuroendocrinologists, and his work has provided the basis for the understanding of reproductive function in women.