Dr. Jennifer Doudna
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., is a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, whose groundbreaking development of CRISPR-Cas9 - a genome-engineering technology that allows researchers to edit DNA - with collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, earned the two scientists the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and forever changed the course of human and agricultural genomics research.
Dr. Doundna is also the founder and President of the Innovative Genomics Institute, the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Gladstone Institutes, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is a leader in the global public debate on the responsible use of CRISPR and has co-founded and serves on the advisory panel of several companies that use the technology in unique ways. She is the co-author of Crack in Creation, a personal account of her research and the societal and ethical implications of gene editing.