HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
UCSF's Elizabeth Blackburn Receives Two Major Science Awards

Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California San Francisco, has been named 1999 California Scientist of the Year and is the recipient of the 1998 Passano Award, two high honors in science.

Blackburn received the honors for her pioneering studies on telomeres, segments of DNA that bind both ends of chromosomes, the gene-bearing strands of DNA whose integrity is essential for the healthy development and life span of organisms.

During two decades of research, Blackburn has determined that telomeres are crucial for maintaining the stability and integrity of chromosomes. In 1985, she and her then PhD graduate student at UC Berkeley, Carol Greider, discovered the novel enzyme that creates telomeres.

Telomeres play a curious, but key, role in determining the number of times a cell divides--an event that affects the life span and health of cells and the development of some cancers. Blackburn's discovery of the enzyme telomerase has spawned a whole field of inquiry into the possibility that the enzyme could be manipulated to prolong cell life and combat cancer.

Blackburn received the California Scientist of the Year award from the California Science Center, a department of the state of California, and its nonprofit affiliate, the California Science Center Foundation. The award recognizes a current contribution to science that "extends the boundaries of any field of science" and signifies a "definite advance of knowledge."

Nine California Scientists of the Year recipients have subsequently won the Nobel Prize, including UC San Francisco Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, M.D., and UCSF professor Harold E. Varmus, M.D., currently director of the National Institutes of Health.

Blackburn received the Passano Award from the Passano Foundation, which annually recognizes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical science, with prime consideration given to work with imm
'"/>

Contact: Jennifer O'Brien
jobrien@itsa.ucsf.edu
415-476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
10-Feb-1999


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Stanford Chemical Engineer Chaitan Khosla Receives Alan T. Waterman Award From NSF
2. Whitehead Receives $35 Million Grant From National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
3. Whitehead Receives $7 million NIH Grant To Build High-Speed Sequencing Machines
4. Wildlife Conservation Society Receives $700,000 Grant From Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
5. Ohio State Professor Receives Patent For Infectious Bursal Disease Virus Detection Kit
6. University Of Chicago Researcher Receives Packard Fellowship
7. Out On A Limb: Young Burro Receives Artificial Leg At Colorado State
8. Scientist Receives Prestigious Award
9. Raymond Receives $113,000 NIH Grant To Support Cell Cycle Regulation Research
10. Stanford Microbiologist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
11. NSF Scientist Receives Award In Research Training Of Minorities In Microbiology

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: UCSF Elizabeth Blackburn Receives Two Major Science Awards

(Date:8/29/2014)... modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive ... electronic paper. , Making such concepts affordable enough for ... of working with copper nanowires and a PVA "nano ... in the field of ultra-lightweight "aerogel monoliths" has largely ... nanowires. , By turning instead to copper, both ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... America (ESA) is pleased to announce the selection of ... Society. Honorary Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA ... the affairs of the Society that has reached an ... the ESA Governing Board and then voted on by ... the Awards Ceremony at Entomology 2014, ESA,s Annual Meeting ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... in German . ... name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with ... silvery cells, and yellow cells emerge during growth in the ... multilayered mosaic to compose the characteristic colour pattern. ... to interact to form proper stripes, the embryonic origin of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Copper shines as flexible conductor 2Fred Baxendale selected as Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of America 2How the zebrafish gets its stripes 2How the zebrafish gets its stripes 3
(Date:8/28/2014)... (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 PrimeSource ... construction materials, selected SoundConnect to support ... cloud based audio and web conferencing platform GlobalMeet ... support PrimeSource’s employees’ needs. SoundConnect delivers award ... , PrimeSource Building Products will be utilizing ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... August 28, 2014 Whitehouse Laboratories is ... term partnership with PTI Inspection Systems that ... state of the art leak testing method development and ... instruments currently available. As part of this agreement, Whitehouse ... Voltage Leak Detection Instrument developed and manufactured by ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 ... $6 million in Series B funding and secured Otter ... and investment capital will accelerate commercialization of GGI’s Agriplier™ ... multiple crop types. , “Since our first meeting, ... commitment to the biological product space,” said Alan Sobba, ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... 2014 In 2013, Lawrence ... Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS), was awarded ... a state-of-the-art laser system for the European Union's ... construction in the Czech Republic. , When commissioned ... called the " High repetition-rate Advanced Petawatt Laser ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PrimeSource Chooses SoundConnect as Collaboration Provider 2Whitehouse Labs Renews Partnership with PTI Inspection Systems 2Whitehouse Labs Renews Partnership with PTI Inspection Systems 3Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding from Otter Capital 2Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding from Otter Capital 3LLNL Synchs up with ELI Beamlines on Timing System 2LLNL Synchs up with ELI Beamlines on Timing System 3
Cached News: