Elizabeth Blackburn is president of the Salk Institute and a Nobel laureate for 2009. A molecular biologist, she had been a Salk nonresident fellow since 1991 while serving as a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Blackburn received the Nobel for discovering the molecular nature of telomeres, work that has aided understanding of aging and diseases. Other honors include the Lasker and Gruber prizes and inclusion on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people in 2007. Blackburn is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the Royal Society of London. She has been president of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society for Cell Biology and has served on editorial boards of journals such as Cell and Science, as well as on advisory panels for California and the White House, helping guide public science. She holds an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge.