Biochemist Harry Noller receives 2004 Massry Prize

Biochemist Harry Noller receives 2004 Massry Prize
Biochemist Harry Noller receives 2004 Massry Prize
Friday, November 5, 2004

Harry Noller, the Sinsheimer Professor of Molecular Biology at UCSC, and Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovat, Israel, have been awarded the 2004 Massry Prize. The researchers were recognized for their groundbreaking research on the structure and function of the ribosome.

The award honors the independent work of Noller and Yonath to reveal the atomic-level workings of ribosomes and how they function to decode the genetic information and synthesize all the proteins found in cells.

The foundation singled out Noller, director of UCSC's Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, for his hypothesis, since proven, that the RNA component of the ribosome serves as the main catalyst in joining amino acids together to build proteins.