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Dr. Sriram Subramaniam Appointed Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design

By April 22, 2019April 29th, 2019No Comments

Dr. Sriram Subramaniam first met Dr. Gobind Khorana at MIT in 1987 where he joined Khorana’s team as a post-doctoral researcher studying the proteins involved in light absorption. Khorana was already a Nobel Laureate, having won the prize in 1968 with two colleagues ‘for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis’.

Khorana quickly became a mentor to Sr. Subramaniam and they remained lifelong friends until Khorana’s death in 2011. Dr. Subramaniam had been deeply inspired by Khorana, both on a personal and professional level, and has never lost his connection to his former MIT supervisor.

Dr. Subramaniam recalls: “Gobind was a remarkable individual at every level. He was relentless in his pursuit of excellence and tenacious in his pursuit of the greatest scientific problems of his time. He was without doubt one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century, and had great impact on all of us who had the privilege of working with him.”