Scientific Advisory Board
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
Jennifer is a co-founder of Caribou and a faculty member of the departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research seeks to understand how non-coding RNA molecules control the expression of genetic information and she has published extensively in the field of CRISPR-Cas biology. Jennifer's work and that of her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier was recognized by the award of a Breakthrough Prize. Her work on CRISPR-Cas systems has also been recognized with the Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research and a Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, and the Princess of Asturias award. Jennifer was also named to the 2015 TIME Magazine's TIME 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. After serving as a member of the Yale University faculty for eight years, during which time she was promoted to Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, she joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2002. Jennifer earned a B.A. in Biochemistry from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University.
Martin Jinek, Ph.D.
Martin is a co-founder of Caribou and an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich in the Department of Biochemistry. His research focuses on molecular mechanisms that orchestrate cellular regulation through protein-RNA interactions. His studies include biochemical and structural approaches to investigate these processes at the atomic level. Martin has contributed significantly to the field of CRISPR biology both through basic discovery and through the invention of new CRISPR-based technologies. He has won both the Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship and the EMBO Long-term Fellowship. Martin received a B.A. in Natural Sciences and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Structural Biology from the University of Heidelberg.