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Elizabeth Blackman, 2009
November 26, 1948|
|Institutions||University of California, San Francisco|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge|
|Known for||Chromosomes, telomeres|
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009)|
Elizabeth Blackburn (b. 1948) is an Australian molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. She won the award together with Americans Jack Szostak and Carol Greider for their work on chromosomes. They researched the way that telomeres protect the chromosomes in cells. It is believed that this will help prevent the spread of cancer. Blackburn is the first Australian woman to win a Nobel Prize.
Blackburn was born in Hobart, Tasmania and went to Broadford girls school in Launceston, and later Melbourne University High School. She studied at the University of Melbourne and completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Darwin College. She is now Professor of Biology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
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- "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009". Nobel Foundation. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2009/. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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