7.10.20, Congratulations to Emmanuelle Charpentier on the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The 2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry is awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their groundbreaking discoveries on the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Emmanuelle Charpentier was a principal investigator at the Max Perutz Labs (University of Vienna) from 2002 to 2009 and Faculty Member of our doctoral program DK RNA Biology from 2007 to 2010.

The DK RNA Biology together with the Max Perutz Labs and the University of Vienna congratulate Prof. Charpentier on this outstanding achievement.

Krzysztof Chylinski was DK PhD student of Emmanuelle Charpentier within our doctoral program during her times in Vienna. His PhD studies (PhD thesis: “Type II CRISPR-Cas adaptive immunity in bacteria: molecular mechanisms and evolution”) supvervised by Emmanuelle Charpentier contributed to the groundwork for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, leading to two ground breaking publications:

Deltcheva E, Chylinski K, Sharma CM, Gonzales K, Chao Y, Pirzada ZA, Eckert MR, Vogel J, Charpentier E. CRISPR RNA maturation by trans-encoded small RNA and host factor RNase III. Nature. 2011.

Jinek M*, Chylinski K*, Fonfara I, Hauer M, Doudna JA, Charpentier E. A programmable dual-RNA-guided DNA endonuclease in adaptive bacterial immunity. Science. 2012. (*contributed equally)

See the Max Perutz Labs News for the full story.

See more about CRISPR/Cas9 here.