Jennifer Doudna, PhD

McGovern Medical School welcomes Jennifer Doudna, PhD, one of the pioneers of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, as the 2020 speaker for the annual Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture Feb. 26.

The lecture on “CRISPR Systems: Biology and Technology of Genome Editing,” will be held at 4 p.m. in MSB 3.001.

Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences and is a member of the departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry at UC Berkeley, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In 2012, she and Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, along with their colleagues found how bacteria use the CRISPR-Cas9 system to protect themselves from viruses and proposed the idea of using the system as a genome editing tool.

Doudna was the recipient of the 2000 Alan T. Waterman Ward, the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (with Charpentier), a co-recipient of the Gruber Prize in Genetics, and the Japan Prize. She and Charpentier were named to the most influential people list of 2015 by Time magazine.

The Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture was established in 2001 to honor Dr. Ernst Knobil, who served as the third dean of McGovern Medical School, from 1981 to 1984, and was one of the world’s leading neuroendocrinologists whose work has provided the basis for the understanding of reproductive function in women.

For more information about Knobil and the lecture series, visit the event’s website here.