Elizabeth Blackburn

Molecular biology

United States
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Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Blackburn won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of telomerase. In 1980 Blackburn met Szostak, who was also studying telomeres and who was intrigued by Blackburn’s research. The two began a collaborative effort to understand telomere function. In 1993 she earned the additional title of chair of the department of microbiology and immunology at UCSF. Blackburn’s later research involved further investigation of the genetic composition and cellular functions of telomeres and telomerase, as well as studies on the interactions of these cellular components and their roles in cancer and aging. Blackburn published a number of scientific papers and received a variety of honorary degrees and awards, including the Gairdner Foundation International Award (1998; shared with Greider), the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science (1999; shared with Greider), and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award (2006; shared with Greider and Szostak). Blackburn also was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London (1992) and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences . Elizabeth Blackburn argues that #science communication should show that the value of truth is what brings value to people in general.

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