Biochemist Jennifer Doudna hailed for discovery of ‘holy grail’ of genetic engineering

November 6, 2013
Jennifer Doudna. Photo: Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab Public Affairs

Jennifer Doudna, Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC Berkeley was recently featured in the Independent for her work on Crispr, which has taken the world of genetics by storm.

Doudna is interested in understanding how RNA molecules in cells and viruses control gene expression by regulating the synthesis and localization of proteins. The Doudna Lab pursues mechanistic understanding of fundamental biological processes involving RNA molecules. Research in the lab is currently focused on three major areas: bacterial immunity via the CRISPR system, RNA interference in eukaryotes, and translational control logic. They utilize diverse techniques including X-ray crystallography, high-throughput sequencing, biochemistry, molecular biology, and eukaryotic cell culture.

Read the full article in the Independent here.