Six to receive honorary degrees from Harvard

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 06:12 in Biology & Nature

Harvard will present six honorary degrees during today’s Commencement ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre. Jennifer A. Doudna Doctor of Science Jennifer Doudna has dedicated her career to understanding the molecular structure of RNA and thereby improving the human condition. With Emmanuelle Charpentier, she received the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for pioneering work on CRISPR-Cas9, a high-precision technology that enables targeted changes to the genome, with widespread applications across biology and medicine. Raised in Hawaii, she received her B.A. from Pomona College and her Ph.D. from Harvard. She served on the Yale faculty until 2002, when she moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where she is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Professor of Biomedical and Health Sciences; professor of biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology; and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She is a founder of the Innovative Genomics Institute, which deploys genome engineering to address problems in health, climate, and agriculture. Her...

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