Jerry Adams is an Australian-American molecular biologist. His research, is noted for his achievements in molecular biology, immunology and the molecular genetics of cancer.
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives has undertaken a major initiative to document the history of science through the words and images of the scientists who have worked and regularly visited here. This unique collection of oral histories provides an unprecedented perspective on the development of molecular biology, the present state of the science, and visions of the future by the leading scientists in the field.
Jerry Adams is an Australian-American molecular biologist. His research, is noted for his achievements in molecular biology, immunology and the molecular genetics of cancer.
Bruce Alberts is an American biochemist. He has done important work studying the protein complexes which enable chromosome replication when living cells divide.
Leif Andersson is a Swedish animal geneticist and professor of functional genomics at Uppsala University. In 2014, he won the Wolf Prize in Agriculture alongside Jorge Dubcovsky. He was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2002 and is a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Werner Arber is a Swiss microbiologist and geneticist. Along with American researchers Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans, Werner Arber shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction endonucleases. Their work would lead to the development of recombinant DNA technology.
Michael Ashburner FRS is a biologist and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Genetics at University of Cambridge. He is also the former joint-head and co-founder of the European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He was co-founder of Flybase, the primary online database for Drosophila genetics and molecular biology.
David Bentley, molecular biologist and geneticist, is currently Vice President and Chief Scientist of DNA Sequencing at Illumina, Inc., a commercial developer of genetic analysis tools and systems.
Elizabeth Blackburn is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She is a leader in the study of telomere function and biology.
David Botstein is a prominent geneticist whose advocacy for gene mapping was crucial in laying the groundwork for the Human Genome Project.
Elbert Branscomb does research in biochemical thermodynamics and the emergence of life.
May Brenner was married to Sydney Brenner from December 1952 until her death in January 2010. She was engaged in doing a Ph.D. in Psychology in London.
Sydney Brenner was a South African biologist. In 2002, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with H. Robert Horvitz and Sir John E. He was a pioneer in the field of molecular biology.
Ann Burgess is an American biochemist. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University.
Richard Burgess is a geneticist who has been an important figure in cancer, microbial, and molecular research.
Hugh John Forster Cairns FRS was a British physician and molecular biologist who made significant contributions to molecular genetics, cancer research, and public health. He is a former CSHL Director, 1963-1968.
Mario Ramberg Capecchi, Ph.D., is an Italian-born molecular geneticist and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, known as knockout mice.
Donald L. D. Caspar is an American structural biologist known for his works on the structures of biological molecules, particularly of the tobacco mosaic virus.
Aravinda Chakravarti is a human geneticist, an expert in computational biology and the 2008 President of the American Society of Human Genetics. He is one of the Editors-in-Chief of Genome Research, and serves on the Advisory and Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals and societies.
Johannes Carolus (Hans) Clevers is Principal Investigator at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research and the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Professor of Molecular Genetics at the UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, and Oncode Investigator.
Francis Sellers Collins is an American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. While a researcher at the University of Michigan (1984–1993), he pioneered “positional cloning” methods which resulted in the Collins team and their collaborators isolating the genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, neurofibromatosis, and others.
Dr. Suzanne Cory, a biochemist and molecular oncologist, has focused her research interests in immunology and cancer development.
Dr. Cox was a co-founder of Perlegen, and has been Chief Scientific Officer of the Company since its formation in 2001. He has served on several international and national councils and commissions including the Council of the Human Genome Organization and the National Bioethics Advisory Commission.
David Cox was a co-founder of Perlegen, and has been Chief Scientific Officer of the Company since its formation in 2001. Richard Myers, biochemist and geneticist, is currently Director of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.
Jim Dahlberg received his BA 1962, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, completed his Ph.D. 1966, University of Chicago. He does research in cell biology and the regulation of gene expression. As a post-doc, he developed and used methods to analyze structures of RNA molecules.
Charles Peter DeLisi is an American biomedical scientist and the Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering at Boston University. He has made pioneering contributions to mathematical and computational immunology, cell biophysics, genomics, and protein and nucleic acid structure and function.
Paul Mead Doty, biophysical chemist and activist, was Mallinckrodt Professor of Biochemistry at Harvard University, specializing in the physical properties of macromolecules and strongly involved in peace and security policy issues.
Renato Dulbecco was an Italian–American virologist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on oncoviruses, which are viruses that can cause cancer when they infect animal cells.
Working at the Sanger Centre, Dunham heads the team, which sequenced human chromosome 22. His research areas included genome-wide mapping of regulatory elements and chromatin state in the human genome. He was also an integral part of the NHGRI ENCODE project
Ashley Dunn came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1976 to work with Joe Sambrook as a postdoctoral fellow and eventually became a junior faculty member.
Ernst Peter Fischer studied mathematics, physics and biology and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1977. In 1987 he qualified as a university lecturer in the history of science, and taught as a professor at the University of Konstanz. Between 1989 and 1999 he was publisher of the Mannheimer Forum This position was previously held by Hoimar von Ditfurth. Fischer also engaged in scientific journalism and wrote articles for several newspapers.
Biologist Raymond Gestelands research on recoding provides insight into replication of RNA viruses such as HIV and the genetic code.
Mary-Jane Gething, a biochemist, is Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne where she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1974. She spent twenty years carrying out research in protein chemistry and molecular biology at Cambridge and London, England, and New York and Dallas, USA before returning to Melbourne.
Richard Alexander Gibbs is an Australian geneticist. He is currently the Wofford Cain Chair and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Charles Gilbert is a Head of Laboratory of Neurobiology at Rockefeller University and Arthur and Janet Ross Professor of Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University. He has pioneered studies into the mechanisms underlying visual perception and perceptual learning at the level of cortical circuits.
Raymond George Gosling was a British scientist. While a PhD student at King's College, London he worked under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin. He helped to perfect the technique of x-ray diffraction photography to obtain the A and B form images of DNA.
Philip Palmer Green is a theoretical and computational biologist noted for developing important algorithms and procedures used in Gene mapping and DNA sequencing.
Eric D. Green is an American genomics researcher who had significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project. He is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a position he has held since 2009.
David Haussler is an American bioinformatician known for his work leading the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project and subsequently for comparative genome analysis that deepens understanding the molecular function and evolution of the genome.
Winship Herr spearheaded the Laboratory’s transformation into a Ph.D. degree-granting institution with the establishment of the School of Biological Sciences and was its founding dean from 1998–2004.
Jim Hicks is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of ViroGenomics, a Portland biotech company that is searching for new treatments for chronic and acute viral disease. He is best known for his work on yeast genetics and moveable DNA elements in the 1980’s and more recently for his work on genomic profiling in breast cancer.
Mahlon Hoagland, a molecular biologist who was one of the discoverers of the transfer ribonucleic acid-tRNA.
Leroy (Lee) Edward Hood is an American biologist who has served on the faculties at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. Hood has developed ground-breaking scientific instruments which made possible major advances in the biological sciences and the medical sciences.
Nancy Hopkins, an American molecular biologist, is the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Howard Robert Horvitz is an American biologist best known for his research on the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston. He currently studies how genes control the development of the nervous system and how the nervous system controls behavior.
Jim Hudson scientist and businessmen who founded Research Genetics in 1987, the company that made synthetic DNA.
Kay Jamison is a famous expert on bipolar disorder and co-author of a textbook on bipolar disorder. She herself suffers from manic-depressive illness.
Research scientist Jim Kent focuses on understanding the way in which genes are turned on and off to create varying outcomes.
Amar Klar, was a leading yeast geneticist, concerned with the molecular biology of gene silencing and mating-type switching.
Aaron Klug is a chemist and biophysicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. His major contribution to scientific research was the development of crystallography electron microscopy for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1982.
Dr. Eric Lander has been one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, contributing 30 percent of the total sequence of the human genome and developing and making freely available many of the key tools used in modern mammalian genomics.
Sir David Philip Lane is a British immunologist, molecular biologist and cancer researcher. He is best known for the discovery of p53, one of the most important tumour suppressor genes.
Edward Butts Lewis was an American geneticist, a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He helped to found the field of evolutionary developmental biology.
Peter Little is a molecular geneticist and bioinformatics researcher. His research is focused at the interface of biology and computing.
Tom Maniatis is an American professor of molecular and cellular biology. He is a leader in the field of recombinant DNA. At Vanderbilt University he completed his Ph.D. studying DNA wide-angle scattering.
Rob Martienssen is a plant molecular geneticist and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. As a young scientist, he worked closely with Barbara McClintock.
Ernst Walter Mayr was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, philosopher of biology, and historian of science.
Matthew Stanley Meselson is a geneticist and molecular biologist currently at Harvard University, known for his demonstration, with Franklin Stahl, of semi-conservative DNA replication.
Jeffrey Miller has been a frequent participant at Cold Spring Harbor Symposia, a course lecturer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and a co-organizer of two meetings at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Banbury Center. He studies molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and the evolution of functional diversity in bacteria and phage.
Karin Mölling is a German virologist whose research focused on retroviruses, particularly human immunodeficiency virus. She was a full professor and director of the Institute of Medical Virology at the University of Zurich from 1993 to 2008.
Michael Morgan, currently professor emeritus of biology, specialized in plant ecology and bioclimatology.
Following in his mother’s footsteps, David E. Muller became a mathematician and began working with computers at the University of Illinois in 1952. There he designed the Muller C-element, which is a commonly used component in computers.
Richard M. Myers is an American geneticist and biochemist known for his work on the Human Genome Project.
Kim Ashley Nasmyth is an English geneticist and Head of the Biochemistry Department of the University of Oxford and the Whitley Professor of Biochemistry.
Winship Herr spearheaded the Laboratory’s transformation into a Ph.D. degree-granting institution with the establishment of the School of Biological Sciences and was its founding dean from 1998–2004. Harry F. Noller is an American biochemist, and since 1992 the director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of the ribosome and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
A pioneer in genomic research, Dr. Maynard Olson launched the ultimately successful effort to construct a detailed physical map of the yeast genome in 1979.
Dr. Aristides Patrinos is an expert in synthetic biology, and a former leader of the Human Genome Project.
Ulf Pettersson, geneticist and virologist, is the vice-president of the University of Upssala in Sweden, a professor of medical genetics, and a leader of a group on genetic disease in the Department of Genetics and Pathology.
Ronald Hans Anton Plasterk is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party and successful scientist and molecular genetics.
Dr. Martin Reese is an internationally recognized expert in medical informatics and bioinformatics with a track record of bringing strong, grounded scientific knowledge to the corporate sector.
Alexander Rich was an American biologist and biophysicist. He was the William Thompson Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics at MIT and Harvard Medical School. He was a post-doc of Linus Pauling along with James Watson.
Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley, is a British journalist and businessman. He is best known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics.
Bruce Roe is the founding director of the Advanced Center for Genomic Technology (ACGT) at the University of Oklahoma, one of the first large-scale sequencing facilities in the US.
Gerald Rubin is a geneticist, molecular and cell biologist. As Director of the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, he led the sequencing of the entire fruit fly genome.
Nicoletta Sacchi is an Italian professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is the co-discoverer of the acid guanidinium thiocyanate-phenol-chloroform extraction method to extract RNA from biological samples with Trizol.
Frederick Sanger was a British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, one of only two people to have done so in the same category, the fourth person overall with two Nobel Prizes, and the third person overall with two Nobel Prizes in the sciences.
James Sherley is a biological engineer and the founder of Asymmetrex, an adult stem cell research center.
Charles J. Sherr is the chair of the Tumor Cell Biology Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He studies tumor suppressor genes and cell division.
Anna Marie Skalka is an American virologist, molecular biologist and geneticist. She is the co-author of a major textbook on virology, Principles of Virology.
Merilyn Sleigh is a pharmacologist and molecular biologist. She came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to work under Joe Sambrook as a postdoctoral fellow researching the protein production of SV40.
Hamilton Smith is a U.S. microbiologist. In 1968, he discovered the first TypeII restriction enzyme (HindII) and determined the sequence of its cleavage site. In, 1978 he was a co-recipient (with D. Nathans and W. Arber) of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this discovery.
Joan Steitz is a prominent molecular biologist who earned her Ph.D. under Jim Watson at Harvard University in 1967. She is known for her discoveries involving RNA, including ground-breaking insights into how ribosomes interact with messenger RNA.
Bruce William Stillman is a biochemist and cancer researcher who has served as the Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1994 and President since 2003.
Amar Klar and Jeff Strathern worked together in the Cold Spring Harbor Yeast group from 1977 till 1984 where they made outstanding discoveries about the mechanism of mating-type switching in yeast.
For more than 20 years John Sulston worked on the worm, charting for the first time the sequence of cell divisions that lead from a fertilized egg to an adult worm, identifying genetic mutations that interfere with normal development, and then going on to map and sequence the 100 million letters of DNA code that make up the worm genome.
Waclaw Szybalski is an authority on molecular biology, genetics, and microbiology. He earned his Ph.D. at the Gdansk Institute of Technology in Poland and joined the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1950s where he is now Professor Emeritus of Oncology in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, is a Canadian neuroscientist and a pioneer in developmental neurobiology.
Alfred Tissières was a biologist, biochemist and geneticist. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge for his work at the Molteno Institute and subsequently did postdoctoral work on respiratory enzymes at Caltech under Max Delbrück.
Tim Tully is a molecular geneticist, interested in finding the genetic and biological basis of memory in order to better identify pharmacological and behavioral treatments for memory loss.
J. Craig Venter, biologist and genomic research pioneer founded The Institute for Genomic Research (known as TIGR,) where he and colleagues became the first to successfully sequence the genome of an entire organism.
Dr. Peter Vogt is an American molecular biologist, virologist and geneticist. His research focuses on retroviruses and viral and cellular oncogenes.
Nicholas Wade is a British author and journalist. He served as the staff writer for the Science Times section of The New York Times from 1982 to 2012. He is the author of the controversial book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History.
Robert Hugh "Bob" Waterston, is an American biologist. He is best known for his work on the Human Genome Project, for which he was a pioneer along with John Sulston.
A member of the Time 100 ‘Century’s Greatest Minds,’ Dr. James Watson’s life in science has taken him from the revolutionary discovery of the structure of DNA to the head of the National Institute of Health’s Human Genome Project, and places between.
Robert "Bob" Weinberg is Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research and director of the Ludwig Cancer Center at MIT, an American Cancer Society Research Professor, and is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His research is in the area of oncogenes and the genetic basis of human cancer.
Evelyn M. Witkin is a leading American bacterial geneticist who was awarded the National Medal of Science for her work on DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair.
James Barnes Wyngaarden was an American physician, researcher and academic administrator. He was a co-editor of Cecil Textbook of Medicine, one of the leading internal medicine texts, and served as director of National Institutes of Health between 1982 and 1989. He researched the regulation of purine biosynthesis, the production of uric acid and he helped initiate the use of allopurinol, a drug developed as an anticancer agent and now used as a treatment for gout.