Oral Histories

Interview of Gregory S. Payne

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Gregory S. PaynePew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Gregory S. Payne
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Payne, Gregory S.
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 in Michigan; attends the University of Michigan; changes major from theater to biology; pursues graduate work at the University of California, San Francisco; John D. Baxter's lab; studying RNA tumor viruses in Harold E. Varmus and J. Michael Bishop's laboratory; Edwin M. Southern's blotting technique; Payne's results prove inconsistent with William S. Hayward's promoter-insertion model; the role of viral enhancers; issues of laboratory management; studies the role of clathrin in yeast cells; works as a postdoc in Randy Schekman's lab at University of California, Berkeley; interest in clathrin's role in the secretory process; controversy over Payne's discovery that knocking out the clathrin gene does not kill cells; creates lab at UCLA; studies proteins involved in cell transport; the difficulty of assigning credit for scientific discoveries; Payne's Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences grant; the need for flexible science funding; training investigators to withstand criticism; the role of competition in science; strategies of future research plans.