Founder of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens independent research institution, Charpentier (right) is well known for her work in genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry. Doudna (left) is a professor and researcher at UC Berkeley, specializing in multiple areas from biomedical and health sciences to molecular and cell biology. The researchers first met at an academic conference hosted in Puerto Rico, and have since done tremendous work in curating CRISPR technology.
The pair also made history as the first all-female recipients of the coveted Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and have been vocal about the ability of women to make strides in STEM.
“My wish is that this will provide a positive message to the young girls who would like to follow the path of science, and to show them that women in science can also have an impact through the research that they are performing,” stated Charpentier upon winning the award.
Doudna and Charpentier have developed technology that has created various opportunities for scientific research, contributing greatly to the medical world and inspiring countless individuals!