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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

Jennifer A. Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpetier

for the development of a method for genome editing


Jennifer A. Doudna
Born 1964, Washington, DC, USA

Doudna earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pomona College, Claremont, CA in 1985 and went on to pursue her biochemistry doctorate at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). It was during this time that she became interested in RNA. She gained her doctorate in 1989 and moved to the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the laboratory of Thomas Cech, who received the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering the catalytic properties of RNA. In 2002, Doudna moved to the University of California, Berkeley, to become Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr Doudna is currently the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and she is Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The information on this page is based on the article by Marino (2004) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and content from The Royal Society.  Photo credit The Royal Society, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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