Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn - Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn is a faculty member in the graduate Ph.D. programs at UCSF. Dr. Blackburn is currently a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. She is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research. Dr. Blackburn earned her B.Sc. (1970) and M.Sc. (1972) degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and her Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Cambridge in England. She did her postdoctoral work in Molecular and Cellular Biology from 1975 to 1977 at Yale. Dr. Blackburn the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Eli Lilly Research Award for Microbiology and Immunology (1988), the National Academy of Science Award in Molecular Biology (1990), and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Yale University (1991). Dr. Blackburn is an elected fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), the Royal Society of London (1992), and the American Academy of Microbiology (1993). She is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (1993) and Past-President of the American Society for Cell Biology (1998). Dr. Blackburn was also a mentor for former Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientist, Dr. Carol W. Greider. Dr. Greider earned her postdoctoral degree while working with Dr. Blackburn at UC Berkeley on telomeres and telomerase. Dr. Greider is currently a professor in the Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.