Elizabeth Blackburn (Nobel Prize in Medicine, 2009)

Elizabeth Blackburn has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine (2009).

Elizabeth Blackburn Demographics:
  • Name - Elizabeth Blackburn
  • Born - November 26, 1948 (age 60, 2009)
  • Birthplace - Hobart, Tasmania
  • Nationality - Australian citizen
  • Occupation - Molecular Biologist
  • Parents - Harold and Marcia Blackburn, both medical practitioners (physicians).
Elizabeth Blackburn Background Facts:
  • She discovered telomerase in 1985 with her then PhD student Dr Greider.
Elizabeth Blackburn Academics:
  • BSc (1970) and MSc (1972) degrees from the University of Melbourne.
  • PhD (1975) from Cambridge University, student at Darwin College.
  • Alumna of Darwin College (Cambridge University).
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science (Cambridge University).
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science from Harvard University.
  • Postdoctoral work in molecular and cellular biology from 1975 to 1977 at Yale.
  • Joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1978.
  • Moved to University of California, San Francisco in 1990 where she is currently Professor of Biology and Physiology.
Elizabeth Blackburn Honors & Fellowships:
  • Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Carol Greider & Jack Szostak, for her research on telomerase.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991).
  • Fellow Royal Society of London (1992).
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (1993).
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000).
  • Elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993.
  • Elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000.
Elizabeth Blackburn & Bioethics:
  • Appointed a member of the President's Council on Bioethics in 2001.
  • Blackburn supported human embryonic cell research, in opposition to the Bush Administration.
  • Her Council terms were terminated by White House directive on February 27, 2004.
  • It is believed that she was fired because of political opposition to her advice.
  • Blackburn serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute.
  • "There is a growing sense that scientific research — which, after all, is defined by the quest for truth — is being manipulated for political ends,".
  • "There is evidence that such manipulation is being achieved through the stacking of the membership of advisory bodies and through the delay and misrepresentation of their reports."

UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn Wins Nobel Prize (2009):

Image Credit - Elizabeth Blackburn by Gerbil Wikimedia Commons.

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