Blackburn Wins Wiley Prize

By UCSF Today | February 1, 2006

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will receive the fifth annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

Blackburn will be awarded jointly along with Carol Greider, Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Johns Hopkins University.

The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline. It honors a specific contribution or a series of contributions that demonstrate significant leadership and innovation.

Blackburn and Greider are the first women to receive the Wiley Prize in its five-year history. The award, which is given by the Wiley Foundation, includes a $25,000 grant, and the opportunity to present a public lecture at The Rockefeller University, the New York City venue for the April 7 awards ceremony.

Blackburn and Greider were chosen for their discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that maintains chromosomal integrity and the recognition of its importance in aging, cancer and stem cell biology, according to Gunter Blobel, Chairman of the awards jury for the Wiley Prize.

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