Awards & Winners

Elizabeth Blackburn

Date of Birth 26-November-1948
Place of Birth Hobart
(Tasmania, Australia)
Nationality United States of America, Australia
Also know as Elizabeth Helen Blackburn
Profession Biologist, Scientist, Biochemist, Professor, Researcher, Molecular Biologist
Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at the end of chromosomes that protects the chromosome. Blackburn co-discovered telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere. For this work, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak. She also worked in medical ethics, and was controversially dismissed from the Bush Administration's President's Council on Bioethics.

Awards by Elizabeth Blackburn

Check all the awards nominated and won by Elizabeth Blackburn.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase)
Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
(For their achievements in the discovery of telomeres and telomerase.)


Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For the prediction and discovery of telomerase, a remarkable RNA-containing enzyme that synthesizes the ends of chromosomes, protecting them and maintaining the integrity of the genome.)


Keio Medical Science Prize
(Telomere and telomerase research.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For the discovery of the structure of telomeres and the enzyme that synthesizes them.)


NAS Award in Molecular Biology
(For her discovery of the nature of DNA at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes and the enzyme that is necessary to complete chromosomal replication.)