carol greider

Carol Greider

Carol Greider, PhD
Molecular Biologist, The Greider Lab ( at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Winner, Nobel Prize in Medicine (2009)

Tools and Techniques
1) As a child, I would memorize words and how they were spelled rather than try to sound them out
2) I would “just put my blinders on and move forward and do what I had to do.”
3) “(As a scientist), One has to intuit many different things that are going on at the same time and apply those to a particular problem — to not just concentrate on one of them, but to bring many in laterally. Perhaps my ability to pull more information out of context and to put together different ideas may have been affected by what I learned to do from dyslexia.”€
4) I had a good mentor.

Carol Greider, along with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak, won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of telomerase, an enzyme that plays an important role in the division of cells, and which has a real potential to fight cancer and age-related diseases as well. Greider also won the 2006 Albert Lasker Award, one of the most respected prizes for work in the sciences. To read more about her story, visit:

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