Oral Histories

Interview of Charles S. Zuker

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Charles S. Zuker
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Zuker, Charles 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.
Zuker's grandparents emigrate to South America to escape anti-Semitism; childhood in Chile; attends the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso; obstacles and opportunities facing basic research in developing countries; graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; studies the genes turned on as slime mold develops spores in the Harvey F. Lodish lab; accepts a postdoc in the Gerald M. Rubin lab at the University of California, Berkeley; conducts neurological research on Drosophila; focuses on photoreceptor cell function and Drosophila eye function; isolates the rhodopsin gene; accepts a position at the University of California, San Diego; genetic homologies and evolutionary conservation; using mutations to explore the Drosophila signaling pathway; training young scientists; laboratory management; science funding and National Institutes of Health study sections; Zuker's devotion to science.