Nobel Example

UW-Madison’s Khorana Scholars got a chance this summer to present their work to a pretty significant visitor. Former CALS professor Har Gobind Khorana, who won a Nobel Prize in 1968 for research that helped crack the genetic code, met with students in the program that bears his name while in town for the biochemistry department’s annual Steenbock Symposium. The Khorana program pairs students from Indian universities with UW-Madison faculty to work on summer research projects, part of an effort to foster greater collaboration between UW-Madison and Khorana’s home country. “Khorana is an icon to Indian scientists,” says biochemist Aseem Ansari, one of the program’s co-founders. “For (the Khorana Scholars), it was an incredible experience to meet him.”