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Carolyn Cohen (June 18, 1929 – December 20, 2017) was an American biologist and biophysicist. She was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Cohen attended Hunter College High School in New York City. Later she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Physics from Bryn Mawr College in 1950, where she graduated summa cum laude. She completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, publishing a thesis entitled The Helical Configuration of the Polypeptide Chains in Collagen.


She served as a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Brandeis University. Working at the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center, her research explored protein structures, especially those of motor proteins, using X-ray crystallography.

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