STEM Supremes: In Conversation with Elizabeth Blackburn
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
The New York Academy of Sciences
Join us for STEM Supremes, a series of conversations with leading women in science and tech, where we will explore their careers, discoveries, insights, and what they see on the horizon in their respective fields.
This event will feature Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate and Professor Emerita, Biochemistry and Biophysics, UC San Francisco. Throughout her long career in science, Dr. Blackburn has been a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research, having discovered the molecular nature of telomeres – the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information – and co-discovered the ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase. She is also known for her championing of diversity and inclusion in the sciences.
Born in Australia, Dr. Blackburn earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Melbourne, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at Yale University. Professor Blackburn has won many prestigious awards throughout her career including Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for Basic Medical Research, and in 2007 was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.