Professor Patrick Cramer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. Over the last two decades he has studied the atomic structure of RNA polymerase and many of its complexes with partner molecules, contributing to the development of several experimental methods of analysis. In addition to elucidating many detailed structures, he was able to show how our genetic information is regulated and used in cells. It was through his research that many basic principles of the transcription process and its regulation could be understood and made visible, leading to improved research on cancer growth, which involves the deregulated transcription of the genetic material.
A video further illustrates Cramer’s research and provides insight into the experimental work of this exceptional researcher.