Today’s Dame of the Day is Jennifer Doudna. As a biochemist, Doudna and her team mapped the three-dimensional structure of the Tetrahymena Group I ribozyme, an integral part of cellular structure. After she relocated from Yale to UC-Berkeley, she divided her time between studying RNA interference, how MicroRNAs impact translation, and the CRISPR system (pockets of DNA with repeating base pairs that, if modified, can impact specific genes).
Today’s Dame of the Day is Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968-). As a post-doctoral fellow, Charpentier left her native France collaborate with researchers in the United States, Austria, and Sweden. Currently, she heads a team in Germany that studies how RNA-mediated regulation can edit the human genome and control bacterial pathogens.