Elizabeth Blackburn

Molecular Biologist, Academic

1948 –

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Who is Elizabeth Blackburn?

Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere. For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak.

She also worked in medical ethics, and was controversially dismissed from the Bush Administration's President's Council on Bioethics.

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Born
Nov 26, 1948
Hobart
Also known as
  • Elizabeth Helen Blackburn
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Australia
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
    Biology
    ( - 1970)
  • Doctorate, University of Cambridge
    Biology
    ( - 1975)
  • Yale University
    Molecular biology
    (Specialized in Cell biology)
    (1975 - 1977)
  • Master of Science, University of Melbourne
    Biology
    ( - 1972)
  • University High School, Melbourne
  • Launceston Church Grammar School
  • Darwin College, Cambridge
Employment
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Yale University
Lived in
  • Tasmania

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