Elizabeth Blackburn

Monday, February 11, 2013 7:30PM
Bankhead Theater

Elizabeth Blackburn
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Why do we age, yet cancer cells seem immortal? Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn investigates the roles of telomeres, the specialized ends of chromosomes, and of telomerase, the enzyme that repairs telomeres. Her seminal research and insight is recognized the world over. Her many awards include being named as one of Time magazine’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World” in 2007, and receiving the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2009. She served on the Presidential Bioethics Committee and is Past President of the American Society for Cancer Research. She is the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.