Werner Kühlbrandt is the Director of the Department of Structural Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics. He spent one year at King's as a third-year undergraduate, as a year-out student from his chemistry degree programme at the Free University Berlin, Germany. During his time at King’s, he carried out two B.Sc. projects, one in Biophysics on the X-ray structure of a nucleotide, and the other in Biochemistry on rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes.
Of his time at the Randall Centre, Professor Kühlbrandt said:"Apart from the B.Sc. projects themselves, it was the courses, practicals and lectures, especially at the Biophysics Department, that left an indelible impression. I will never forget the lecture course by Maurice Wilkins (a real-life Nobel Laureate, something we did not have in Berlin at the time) on macromolecular assemblies. Macromolecular assemblies are still at the centre of my scientific interest, and I often think of Wilkins' lectures in the context of our recently funded Cluster of Excellence on this very subject here in Frankfurt, of which I am now a joint director. I even look back at my lecture notes occasionally in preparation for my own lectures. So, it had a profound influence on my choice of the scientific field in an early and most formative part of my career as a scientist."