The Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award

​Carol Greider, PhD to Receive Block Memorial Lectureship Award

Carol W. Greider, PhD
Daniel Nathans Professor and Director,
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biology

Carol Greider, PhD is the recipient of the 21st Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer. She will visit the OSUCCC – James March 3-4, 2015 to receive the award and deliver the Block Lecture.

Dr. Greider received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983 and a PhD in 1987 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1984, working with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, she discovered telomerase, an enzyme that maintains telomeres, or chromosome ends. In 1988, she went to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where she cloned and characterized the RNA component of telomerase and was later appointed as an assistant investigator and then investigator. She expanded the focus of her research to include the role of telomere length in cellular senescence, cell death and in cancer. In 1997, Dr. Greider moved her laboratory to the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2003 she was appointed as the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Dr. Greider’s group at John’s Hopkins then determined the secondary structure of the human telomerase RNA and characterized the loss of telomere function in mice, allowing an understanding of human’s short telomere diseases such as bone marrow and other stem cell failure diseases. Dr. Greider shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 with Drs. Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak for their work on telomeres and telomerase. Dr. Greider currently directs a group of eight scientists studying both the role of short telomeres in age-related disease and cancer as well as the regulatory mechanism that maintain telomere length.

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