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Wüthrich, Kurt

Soci Stranieri

Cat. V Scienze Biologiche e applicazioni

Anno di nomina: 2022



Data di nascita: 1938

Kurt Wüthrich is the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology at Scripps Research, La Jolla, CA, USA, Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, and Distinguished Senior Professor at the iHuman Institute, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China. For 50 years, Wüthrich groups at the ETH Zürich, at Scripps Research and at the iHuman Institute have used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) for research in structural biology. Contributions include the method of protein structure determination with NMR in solution, and the use of the principles of transverse relaxation-optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) for NMR experiments with large supramolecular assemblies. Applications over the years were focused on differentiation in higher organisms, immune suppression and neuropathology. As of April 2019, research using NMR techniques is continued at ShanghaiTech University, with a focus on transmembrane signal transfer by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). At Scripps Research and the ETH Zürich, projects on the general theme “healthcare in the ageing human societies of the 21st century” are pursued, mainly considering the impact of sarcopenia on the human healthspan. Kurt Wüthrich’s achievements have been recognized by the Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and by a number of other awards and honorary degrees.