Oral Histories

Interview of Peter R. Arvan

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Peter R. Arvan
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Arvan, Peter R.
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.
Arvan's mother's escape from Nazi Germany; childhood in Queens, New York; attends and later teaches in the National Science Foundation Summer Program in Biochemistry; attends Cornell University; works in the Efraim Racker laboratory at Cornell; enters Yale University to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree; government funding of science education and research; George E. Palade; conducts research in the J. David Castle lab on the role of secretory granules in the salivary gland; shifts from a biochemical to a cell biology approach; research on secretion and secretory pathways; competing hypotheses for how sorting of molecules in secretory pathways occurs; medical internship at North Carolina Memorial Hospital; medical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital; marries Amy Chang; decides to pursue research related to the "constitutive-like" pathway; interest in reconstituted membrane fusion; the evolution and function of the secretory pathway.