Morris Herztein Endowed Professor of Biology and Physiology,
Scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California


Prof. Blackburn is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research.

She discovered the molecular nature of telomeres-the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information - and discovered the enzyme telomerase, which replenishes telomeres. She was the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discoveries in telomere biology that uncovered a new understanding of normal cell functioning and given rise to a growing field of inquiry.

Blackburn is currently the Morris Herzstein Endowed Professor in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of California, San Francisco, where she is working with various cells including human cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology.

She is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Salk Institute and current President of the American Association for Cancer Research.