Born on December 11, 1968 in Juvisy-sur-Orge, France. Study of biology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris (1986-1992). Graduate student at Institut Pasteur, Paris (1992-1995) and University Teaching Assistant at UPMC, Paris (1993-1995). Post-Doc at Institut Pasteur, Paris (1995-1996) and at The Rockefeller University, New York (1996-1997). Assistant Research Scientist at New York University Medical Center, New York (1997-1999). Research Associate at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis (1999) and at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York (1999-2002).
Lab Head and Guest Professor at the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna, Vienna (2002-2004). Lab Head, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Immunobiology & Genetics, University of Vienna, Vienna (2004-2006). Private Docent (Microbiology) and Habilitation, Centre of Molecular Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna (2006). Lab Head and Associate Professor at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Vienna (2006-2009).
Lab Head, Associate Professor at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, Umeå (2009-2013). Docent (Medical Microbiology), Umeå University, Umeå (2013). Department Head at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig and W3 Professor at the Hannover Medical School, Hannover (2013-2015). Lab Head and Visiting Professor at the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, Umeå (2014-2017). Alexander von Humboldt Professor (since 2014). Scientific member of the Max Planck Society (since 2015). Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin (2015-2018). Honorary Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin (since 2016). Founding, Scientific and Managing Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin (since 2018).
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna "for the development of a method for genome editing."