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Jennifer Doudna

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Jennifer Doudna
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Jennifer Anne Doudna

(1964-02-19) February 19, 1964 (age 57)
EducationPomona College (BS)
Harvard University (MS, PhD)
Known for
Spouse(s)Jamie Cate
Scientific career
RNA biology
Gene editing
InstitutionsPomona College
University of California, Berkeley
Yale University
Gladstone Institutes
University of California, San Francisco
ThesisTowards the design of an RNA replicase (1989)
Doctoral advisorJack Szostak
Other academic advisorsThomas Cech
InfluencedRachel Haurwitz

Jennifer Anne Doudna (born February 19, 1964)[1] is an American biochemist. She known for her work in CRISPR gene editing, for which she won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Emmanuelle Charpentier.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Jennifer Doudna was born in 1963. In 1985 she earned her bachelor of arts in biochemistry at Pomona College in California. She earned her PHD at Harvard University four years later. In 1994, Doudna worked at Yale University with a group of scientists studying RNA, a necessary part of genetics.[3]

Career[change | change source]

Doudna is known for co-inventing the CRISPR-Cas9 which launched in 2018. CRISPR-Cas9 genetically modified DNA and only attempts to cure blood illnesses. She has won multiple medals for her invention and work such as the Kavi Prize, The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, The Gruber Genetics Prize, and the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. But those medals and awards come with backlash and controversy. Some people believe gene editing isn’t going with ethics, and when used wrong the results can be potentially harmful. Still Doudna continues to pursue her dreams.[3][4]

Doudna currently works as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Doudna teaches chemistry and molecular cell biology. She is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She lives in California with her husband Jamie Kate and her son Andrew. Doudna says that it is amazing that she is part of such a significant development, the CRISPR-Cas9.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jennifer Doudna – American biochemist". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  2. "Curriculum Vitae (Jennifer A. Doudna)" (PDF). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Jennifer A. Doudna". The Kavli Prize. Retrieved 3/12/20. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. Rinde, Meir (April 30, 2019). "Interview: Jennifer Doudna". Science History Institute. Retrieved 3/12/20. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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