Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry
On Oct. 7, 2020, UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine. She shares the award with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier.
“The groundbreaking work of professor Jennifer Doudna has ushered in a revolutionary new era in genomics,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., in a statement this morning. “This Nobel Prize, which recognizes the discovery and real-world applications of CRISPR-Cas9, will continue to transform the scientific world, opening up new avenues for curing genetic diseases, improving crops and developing new biofuels. On behalf of the entire UC community, I join Chancellor Carol Christ in extending heartfelt congratulations to professor Doudna.”