Jennifer Anne Doudna is the epitome of an empowered woman who rose to fame for her accomplishments in the not so glamorous field of academics. Her introduction would feel incomplete without mentioning the fact that the biochemist rose to fame for her pioneering role in CRISPR gene editing. The diva recently alleviated her level by winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Jennifer Doudna's Staggering Net Worth
Jennifer Doudna's professional life should be known by everyone by now, thanks to her accomplishments as a biochemist in CRISPR gene editing. The actress bagged the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry alongside her colleague, Emmanuelle Charpentier. She is prominent as the leading figure in the field of genome editing for her work and leadership to propose that CRISPR- Cas9 enzymes, which helped her to use programmable editing of genomes.
The 56-year-old's role in creating the first X-ray based structure of catalytic RNA helped her bag numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Not just did the actress make a colossal bank balance, but she also garnered a massive bank balance. Specifically, she owns a whopping net worth of $2 million as of October 2020. According to multiple reports, she earns a six-figure annual salary of $324,979 as an independent director of Johnson & Johnson.
Jennifer Doudna commands a lot of respect in the field of science. She is a Li Ka Shing Chancellor Chair Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley as well. Everyone is aware of the COVID-19 pandemic happening in the world recently, and Doudna is certainly someone, who wouldn't stay calm as she currently leads a COVID-19 testing center, which processes more than 1000 patient samples each day.
Jennifer Doudna's Blissful Married Life and Background
While Jennifer Doudna remains extremely busy with her professional endeavors, she tries her best to give proper time to her personal life as well. The 56-year-old diva is a married woman. Interestingly, she fell in love with Jamie Cate while she was working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado. Later, the lovebirds worked together on the project to crystallize and ascertain the structure of the Tetrahymena Group Q intron P4-P6 catalytic region.
After working together for some time, Jennifer Doudna eventually started to have feelings for her, leading them to date one another. The lovebirds decided to get married after some time and welcomed their only son in 2003. Her husband currently works as a professor at UC Berkeley. Thanks to her and her beau's talents, their son is also fond of 'computers and math.'
Talking about the background of Jennifer Doudna, she was born on February 19, 1964, in Washington, D.C. She was the daughter of stay-at-home mother Dorothy Jane Williams and a father, Martin Kirk Doudna. For her own educational pursuits, she completed her BA from Pomona College before going to Harvard University for her Ph.D.