Oral Histories

Interview of Yusuf A. Hannun

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Yusuf A. Hannun
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Hannun, Yusuf A.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
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 in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon; the Palestinian refugee community; social tensions in Beirut; attends the International College in Beirut; reasons for becoming a physician; the Palestine Liberation Organization; studies medicine at the American University of Beirut; specializes in internal medicine; focuses on the subspecialty of oncology/hematology at Duke University Medical Center; shift toward basic research; Naji Sahyoun; dissatisfaction with clinical research; research on protein kinase C and diacylglycerol at Duke; Robert M. Bell; explores the role of sphingosine; receives a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Physician Scientist Award; studies on sphingolipids and protein kinase C; Hannun's research strategy; exploring what turns off cell growth; the politics of basic research funding; NIH peer reviewers; need to build support for basic research; collaborates with wife, Lina Obeid Hannun; women and minorities in science; future plans.