Jointly with Joachim Frank from Columbia University and Richard Henderson from Cambridge, Prof. Dubochet was awarded the prize for developing a cryo-electron microscopy technique allowing to get detailed images of life’s complex machinery in atomic resolution. Thanks to these discoveries, “researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and visualize processes they have never previously seen, which is decisive for both the basic understanding of life’s chemistry and for the development of pharmaceuticals”, according to the Nobel Prize press release.
Prof. Dubochet was born in 1942 in Switzerland and studied in Basel and in Geneva, before becoming a Professor at UNIL in the department of Ultrastructural Analysis. He is currently an honorary professor of biophysics at UNIL.
He is the eight Swiss national to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.