A noble cause


One of the most distinguished molecular biologists in the world and Australia's first female Nobel laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, paid a special visit to Monash University recently.

Professor Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for her work on telomeres, the protective structures located on the ends of chromosomes.

She is based at the University of California, San Francisco, and is the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University's School of Biomedical Sciences.

During her time at Monash, Professor Blackburn presented the Dean's Lecture, officially opened Australia's largest biosciences precinct, based at the Clayton campus, and was the keynote speaker at the forum Women in research - Achieving it all.