Oral Histories

Interview of Beverly M. Emerson

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Beverly M. Emerson
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Emerson, Beverly M.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series, sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, document the research of "outstanding scientists from quality institutions" chosen by the Pew Scholars Program to receive four-year stipends.
Childhood moves; attends University of California, San Diego; decides to become a research scientist; learns two-dimensional gel electrophoresis from E. Peter Geiduschek; studies at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland; works for Geiduschek as a technician; gene transcription experiments; begins graduate work at Washington University School of Medicine; trains with Robert G. Roeder; struggles with gene cloning; sexism in science; Gary Felsenfeld; accepts a position as a staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health; footprinting techniques; studying chromatin structural changes; transcription factors; female role models in science; accepts a position at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and sets up her lab; Emerson's managerial style; Salk Institute administration; Emerson's publication record; evaluating research progress; career goals; protein purification; the locus control region; developing assays that simulate in vivo enhancer activity; how Emerson allocated her Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences stipend.