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Professor Roger Kornberg has been a Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford Medical School since 1978. He won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2006 for his studies of the molecular basis of transcription, the process whereby information in DNA is read out for the direction of all activities of all organisms, including humans. Professor Kornberg began his career as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England and went on to be an Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School in 1976, before moving to his present position. Professor Kornberg is also the recipient of the 2006 Dickson Prize from University of Pittsburgh and the 2006 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. In 2009, he was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. Professor Kornberg earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Stanford in 1972 supervised by Harden M. McConnell.