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Carol Greider
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Born (1961-04-15) April 15, 1961 (age 62)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
Known for discovery of telomerase
Awards Lasker Award (2006)
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2007)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009)
Scientific career
Fields Molecular biology
Institutions Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Johns Hopkins University
Doctoral advisor Elizabeth Blackburn

Carolyn Widney "Carol" Greider (born April 15, 1961) is an American molecular biologist. She is Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University.

Greider discovered the enzyme telomerase in 1984, when she was a graduate student of Elizabeth Blackburn at the University of California, Berkeley. Greider pioneered research on the structure of telomeres, the ends of the chromosomes. She was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, with Blackburn and Jack Szostak, for their discovery that telomeres are protected from progressive shortening by the enzyme telomerase.

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