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Jennifer Doudna
BornJennifer Anne Doudna
(1964-02-19) February 19, 1964 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
RNA biology
Gene editing
InstitutionsPomona College
University of California, Berkeley
Yale University
Gladstone Institutes
University of California, San Francisco
Doctoral advisorJack Szostak
Other academic advisorsThomas Cech
Known for
InfluencedRachel Haurwitz
Notable awards
This person won a Nobel Prize

Jennifer Anne Doudna (born February 19, 1964)[1] is an American biochemist. Her work on CRISPR gene editing won her the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Emmanuelle Charpentier.[2] The award was:

"For a method for genome editing".[3][4]

Doudna earned her PhD at Harvard University in 1994. She worked at Yale University with a group of scientists studying RNA.[5]


Doudna is known for co-inventing the CRISPR-Cas9 which genetically modifies DNA. She has won medals such as the Kavi Prize, The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, The Gruber Genetics Prize, and the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize.

Doudna currently works as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Doudna teaches chemistry and molecular cell biology. She is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


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