Gene Editor Wins ’17 Sagan Prize, Jan 17

Wonderfest has awarded the 2017 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization to Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. The Sagan Prize, funded by Aduro Biotech, is presented specifically to recognize and encourage Bay Area researchers who "have contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science."
Dr. Doudna is globally known for her discovery and development of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system which the New York Times says has "revolutionized humans' ability to edit DNA," allowing genetic changes that can be passed on to future generations. Dr. Doudna's numerous and rich science popularization efforts include a TED talk, RadioLab & Science Friday interviews, and a best-selling popular book on gene editing and its implications.
Dr. Doudna will receive the Sagan Prize — including its $5000 cash award — from Wonderfest founding Board member Dr. Eugenie Scott during a ceremony in Berkeley on January 17, 2018.

Dr. Jennifer Doudna

WHAT: Jennifer Doudna Receives 2017 Sagan Prize
WHO: Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
WHERE: To Be Announced, Berkeley, California
WHEN: 2018-01-17 — 7:00pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
HOW: By invitation only. Please email Wonderfest director Tucker Hiatt <> by 1/14/18 to request an invitation.