UCSF Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD

Professor and Nobel Laureate

Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Morris Herzstein Professor in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research. She co-discovered the molecular nature of telomeres - the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information - and the ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase. Blackburn and her research team at the University of California, San Francisco are working with various cells including human cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology. In 2009, Dr. Blackburn was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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