Günter Blobel with Van Potter, circa mid- 1960s
Courtesy of the Blobel family
In the Potter laboratory, Günter Blobel studied how polysomes, groups of ribosomes that translate mRNA molecules into proteins, were localized within cells and how they attached to cellular membranes. Enthusiastic and communicative by nature, Blobel took full advantage of the resources available to him at the University of Wisconsin for interdisciplinary research, working with various other labs and departments on campus. For example, one of the groundbreaking papers included in his thesis represented a fruitful collaboration formed between Blobel and zoologist Hans Ris, who together used electron microscopy techniques to visualize polysome distribution patterns in rat liver cells.
Günter Blobel, Van Potter, University of Wisconsin