Tamir Gonen, PhD. MRSNZ Lecture: “MicroED opens a new era in cryoEM for biological structure determination”

Dear all,

The Lokey Center Distinguished Lecture Series will host Tamir Gonen, PhD. MRSNZ while visiting the Technion. We are delighted to invite you to his lecture that will take place at:

Wednesday, March 7 @ 13:00 (Refreshments @ 12:30)

Faculty of Biology auditorium

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Tamir was born in Israel and moved with his family to South Africa at the age of 15, and from there to New Zealand, where he completed his BSc, and Ph.D, studying lens membrane proteins at the University of Auckland.  In 2005 Tamir completed his post-doctoral fellowship with Tomas Waltz at the Harvard Medical School, where he studied the structure and biochemistry of aquaporins, and became an assistant professor and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist at the University of Washington, where he was also awarded with the American Diabetes Association Career Development Award.

Tamir is currently an affiliated professor at the University of Washington, a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and an HHMI investigator. After being a group leader in HHMI Janelia research campus for six years (2011-2017), Tamir is now a professor of Biological Chemistry and Physiology at the David Geffen Medical School in UCLA and he is also the Chair elect of the Biophysical Society cryoEM subgroup.

Tamir research is focused on the structure and function of cell membrane proteins while employing an array of structural biology techniques, including electron cryo-microscopy (cryo EM), X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) microscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations. In recent years, Tamir and his team developed a new method in cryo EM, namely electron micro-diffraction (MicroED), with which they can generate atomic-resolution protein structures from crystals one-billion times smaller than those needed for X-ray crystallography. This technique also turned out to be extremely beneficial for the structural study of Amyloids.

Prof. Tamir Gonen is working on emerging technology that is expected to change our knowledge of molecular structures and mechanisms.

We hope that you can all attend to hear about the “Resolution Revolution”!