Professor Elizabeth Blackburn is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is currently the President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Professor Blackburn’s research focus is the telomere, the protective structure at the end of chromosomes. For co-discovering telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere, she was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak, becoming the only Tasmanian-born Nobel laureate. She also worked in medical ethics, and was controversially dismissed from the Bush Administration’s President’s Council on Bioethics. In 2007, Professor Blackburn was listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.