Nenad Ban was born in Zagreb, Croatia and educated at the University of Zagreb where he obtained a BS degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He obtained his PhD degree in the US at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California at Riverside (1990-1994) where his research focused on structural immunology and virology. In 2000, Nenad Ban was appointed assistant professor of structural molecular biology at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) becoming full professor in 2007. The main goal of the research in his laboratory is to study structure and function of large cellular assemblies using a combination of crystallographic, electron microscopic and biochemical experiments. This research has significantly impacted two fields, protein synthesis and fatty acid synthesis.