Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., on campus April 17

The Knight Cancer Institute invites you to attend its latest talk featuring distinguished scientist and Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., a Morris Herztein Endowed Professor in Biology and Physiology University of California, San Francisco, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Dr. Blackburn will be discussing “Telomeres and their maintenance machinery: Ramifications for cells and organisms.” This seminar will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Old Library Auditorium.

About Dr. Blackburn

Dr. Blackburn is an Australian-born American biological researcher who studies the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. She co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere. She recalls: “Carol [Grieder] had done this experiment, and we sat down, just in the lab, and I remember sort of standing there, and she had this — we call it a bum. It’s an autoradiogram, because there was trace amounts of radioactivity that were used to develop an image of the separated DNA products of what turned out to be the telomerase enzyme reaction. I remember looking at it and just thinking, ‘Ah! This could be very big. This looks just right.’ It had a pattern to it. There was a regularity to it. There was something that was not just sort of garbage there, and that was really kind of coming through, even though we look back at it now, we’d say, technically, there was this, that and the other, but it was a pattern shining through, and it just had this sort of sense, ‘Ah! There’s something real here.’” For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak.

This seminar is free and open to the public. If you have questions please contact Jodi Collier.