Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Doudna on receiving a 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences! Dr. Doudna is one of Caribou Biosciences’ co-founders and a Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology professor and researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Doudna and her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier received this award for their ground-breaking work on the CRISPR Cas9 system, a system used for gene editing and gene regulation. According to the Breakthrough Prize website, Dr. Doudna’s work has harnessed “an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine”.
"I am honored to be part of this celebration of fundamental research and its importance to society. I hope that others including students see that science is valued and supported in this country, and that funding agencies are persuaded to continue sponsoring curiosity-driven research projects."
The Breakthrough Prize was founded in 2013 by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Each recipient will receive a $3 million prize. Not only that, but the prize recipients were also honored at a Gala hosted by none other than Seth MacFarlane, with celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne as presenters.
For more information on the Breakthrough prize visit its official website