On 15 September 2016, Venki Ramakrishnan delivered the 4th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture in The Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).
Venki is Deputy Director of the MRC LMB, where he is also a Research Group Leader.
He is President of The Royal Society and he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009, jointly with Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".
Venki gave a fantastic lecture about the use of electron microscopy to study mitochondrial ribosomes, which was well attended by members of the scientific community and some A Level students who are looking to study biochemistry at University.
Venki met members of his audience during an after-lecture reception and, later on, he was guest of honour at a dinner held at Queens' College, where the MBU's Director, Professor Massimo Zeviani, presented him with a gift of a mitochondrial tie, designed and produced by Odra Noel.