Oral Histories

Interview of Philippe M. Soriano

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Philippe M. Soriano
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Soriano, Philippe 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 in New York City; attends the Lycée Français; early interest in science; attends the University of Paris; spends summers working at the Bayer laboratories in Germany and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; pursues a doctorate at the University of Paris; works in the lab of Giorgio Bernardi; studies repetitive DNA sequences; personal lab management style; DNA cloning and fractionation techniques; earns two doctorates; accepts a position at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; creating transgenic mice; teaches in South Africa and Tunisia; pursues postdoctoral research in the Rudolf Jaenisch lab in Hamburg; transplanting the lab to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; knocking out the sic gene; Soriano's Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences grant; leaves Jaenisch lab for Baylor College of Medicine; Howard Hughes Medical Institute funding; functional redundancy; cooperating with biotechnology companies; ethical issues involved in gene therapy; plans to move to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle; basic versus applied science research; future research plans.