Speaker: Kurt Wüthrich

Kurt Wühtrich is a Professor of Biophysics at ETH Zürich, as well as Cecil H and Ida M. Green Professor of structural biology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for his developments in nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.

Wüthrich studied natural sciences at the University of Bern from 1957 to 1962. He thereafter wrote his doctoral thesis about the catalytic activity of copper compounds in autoxidation reactions. This work was done at the University of Bern under supervision of Silvio Fallab. Since then, he has been working at UC Berkley and Bell Laboratories, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as Yonsei University. Now he is heading laboratories at the ETH Zürich, at the Scripps Research Institute and at the iHuman Institute of ShanghaiTech University. He currently focuses on determining the structural composition of biological macromolecules, especially G protein-coupled receptors. These structures can be examined using nuclear magnetic resonance methods developed by Wüthrich himself. Based on this work, Wühtrich was awarded the Nobel Price in chemistry in 2002 “for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution”.

Photo: Copyright Kurt Wüthrich, ETH Zürich