The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has Just been Awarded To Joachim Frank. He Born 12 September 1940 is a German-Born American Biophysicist at Columbia University, New York City and a Nobel laureate. He is Regarded as the Founder of Single-Particle Cryo-Electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM)
Frank Obtained his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich for Graduate studies in Walter Hoppe’s lab at the Max Planck Investigations of high-Resolution electron micrographs using image difference and reconstruction Methods (1970). The thesis explores the use of digital image Processing and Optical Diffraction in the Analysis of electron Micrographs, and Alignment of images using the Cross-Correlation Function.
1998 Frank was appointed Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Since 2003 he was also lecturer at Columbia University, and he joined Columbia University in 2008 as Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Biological Sciences.
In 2017, He Received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for Developing cryo-electron Microscopy for the high-resolution structure Determination of Biomolecules in Solution.