Global Conference 2016
Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Jennifer Doudna is a professor of chemistry and of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is also the Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley. Her research led to insights about CRISPR-Cas9-mediated bacterial immunity that enabled her lab and that of collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier to redesign this system for efficient genome engineering in animals and plants, creating a technology that is revolutionizing genetics, molecular biology and medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Inventors. She is a recipient of awards including the NSF Waterman Award, the Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Gruber Prize in Genetics, the Massry Prize, the Gairdner Award and the L'Oreal-UNESCO International Prize for Women in Science.