Venki Ramakrishnan

Structure and function of ribosomes
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We are currently studying several aspects of translation by ribosomes and its regulation in the cell. The three main areas are:

  1. Initiation of translation in eukaryotes and its regulation.
  2. Translation in the synthesis of mitochondrial proteins.
  3. Regulation of translation by the cell in abnormal situations.

These studies will use a combination of biochemical and structural methods, including single-particle cryoEM.


Desai, N., Brown, A., Amunts, A., and Ramakrishnan, V. (2017)
The structure of the yeast mitochondrial ribosome.
Science, 355, 528-531.

Hussain, T., Llácer, J. L., Wimberly, B. T., Kieft, J. S., and Ramakrishnan, V. (2016)
Large-Scale Movements of IF3 and tRNA during Bacterial Translation Initiation.
Cell, 167, 133-144.e13.

Amunts, A., Brown, A., Toots, J., Scheres, S. H., and Ramakrishnan, V. (2015)
The structure of the human mitochondrial ribosome.
Science, 348, 95-98.

Brown, A., Shao, S., Murray, J., Hegde, R. S., and Ramakrishnan, V. (2015)
Structural basis for stop codon recognition in eukaryotes.
Nature, 524, 493-496.