Ada Yonath is focusing on protein biosynthesis and antibiotics hampering it. She is Director of the Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular-Structures at the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), where she is a Professor. In the seventies, she established the first structural-biology laboratory in Israel. During 1986-2004 she also headed Max-Planck Research Unit for Ribosome Structure in Hamburg.
She is a member of the German Pontificia Accademia-delle-Scienze and she also holds honorary doctorates from Oslo, NYU, Mount-Sinai, Oxford, Cambridge, Hamburg, Berlin-Technical, Patras, De-La-Salle, Xiamen, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Mendel and Lodz Universities.
Some of her awards include the Louisa-Gross-Horwitz, the Wolf, the Harvey, several Israel Prizes, the Linus-Pauling Gold Medal, the UNESCO/L’Oreal Award, the Albert-Einstein Award for Excellence and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009.