Carol Greider, Ph.D. elected to National Academy of Inventors

Five Johns Hopkins faculty members, including Carol Greider, University Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, have been elected as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, a prestigious distinction that recognizes and honors these creators or co-developers of outstanding inventions that have made a difference in society. These professors, join the more than 4,000 current fellows of the academy, which features members of more than 250 institutions worldwide.

In 2009, Greider shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak for their work on telomeres and telomerase, an enzyme that maintains protective “caps” on the ends of chromosomes. She studies the roles these enzymes play in cancer and age-related degenerative disease.