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Elizabeth Blackburn
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Elizabeth Blackman, 2009
Born November 26, 1948
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge
Known for Chromosomes, telomeres
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009)
Scientific career
Fields Molecular biology
Institutions University of California, San Francisco

Elizabeth Blackburn (b. 1948) is an Australian molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. She won the award together with Americans Jack Szostak and Carol Greider for their work on chromosomes. They researched the way that telomeres protect the chromosomes in cells. It is believed that this will help prevent the spread of cancer. Blackburn is the first Australian woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Blackburn was born in Hobart, Tasmania and went to Broadford girls school in Launceston, and later Melbourne University High School. She studied at the University of Melbourne and completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, Darwin College. She is now Professor of Biology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

On 26 January 2010, the Australian Government made Blackburn a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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