Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of a powerful gene editing tool known as the CRISPR-Cas9 system. In this short film, Doudna, Charpentier, and Martin Jinek, who was a post-doc at the time in Doudna’s lab, describe how their famous collaboration happened and share the story behind the influential experiments that led to their discovery.
Emmanuelle Charpentier received her PhD at Institut Pasteur, Paris. She served as Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin from 2015-2018. Since 2018, she has served as the Founding, Scientific and Managing Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin. Charpentier was awarded The Nobel Prize in Chemistry… Continue Reading
Jennifer Doudna is a Professor of the Departments of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Early in her career, she studied the structure and mechanism of ribozymes (enzymatic RNA molecules) and RNA-protein complexes. Now her research focuses on understanding… Continue Reading
Martin Jinek received his PhD in Elena Conti’s lab at EMBL. He performed postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley with Jennifer Doudna. He is now an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Zurich, where his lab studies protein-RNA interactions that regulate cellular function. Continue Reading