Carol Greider

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Today is a very special WiSE Wednesday because our honoree is here to visit us! Molecular biologist Carol Greider is no stranger to CSHL, having done a fellowship and subsequently served on the faculty here, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Born in California, she got her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in the lab of another incredible female scientist, Elizabeth Blackburn. While there, she co-discovered the enzyme telomerase, which adds “caps” onto the ends of chromosomes to prevent them from shortening when DNA is replicated. This work earned her a Lasker Award in 2006 and a Nobel Prize in 2009 (both shared it with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak). She is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University and we are thrilled to welcome her back to CSHL as our third McClintock lecturer!