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Robert Huber
  • 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Intro

German biochemist. In 1988, he was
awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel "for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre

Education and Work Experience

1963, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich
1976, Apl. Professor, Technical University of Munich
1972-2005, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
2005-Present, Professor, Cardiff University

Honors and Awards

1963, Ph.D., Technical University of Munich
1976, Apl. Professor, Technical University of Munich
1972-2005, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
2005-Present, Professor, Cardiff University

Major Academic Achievements

Robert Huber is known for his work crystallizing an intramembrane protein important in photosynthesis and subsequently applying X-ray crystallography to elucidate the protein's structure. Huber has made major contributions to the understanding of the
structure and function of biological macromolecules. He has studied proteases and their natural and synthetic inhibitors, metalloenzymes (iron, nickel, molybdenum, copper), proteins of the immune system (antibodies and antibody receptors), protein hormones and their receptors, protein kinases, enzymes of amino acid biosynthesis, enzymes
of cofactor and vitamin biosynthesis and proteins of energy and electron transfer. In addition, he has contributed to the development of instruments for data collection and to methods in protein crystallography, particularly Patterson methods, graphic methods, and refinement, to the use of electron rich metal clusters, and most recently to the methods and instruments for crystal improvement. He is co-founder of two companies, Proteros and Suppremol, located in Martinsried and offering services for drug discovery and development and for the development of novel therapies for autoimmune diseases, respectively.