Former AEP Postdoc wins shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Joachim Frank, former AEP Postdoc, has been awarded the 2017 Noble Prize in Chemistry, shared with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson, for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution". Frank spent time in Applied and Engineering Physics Professor Benjamin Siegel's microscopy laboratory as part of his Harkness Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1971-1972. During this time, he developed a way to describe how the “partial coherence” of electron waves—their imperfect synchronization—affects how images are formed.
Joachim Frank is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, and Distinguished Professor of the State University of New York at Albany.