Oral Histories

Interview of Carol W. Greider

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Carol W. Greider
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Greider, Carol W.
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 Davis, California; lives in Germany for a year; Greider's dyslexia and its effect on her schooling; attends University of California, Santa Barbara; studies circadian rhythms in the Beatrice Sweeney lab; studies microtubules in chicken brain; graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley; works in the Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Steven K. Beckendorf labs; Tetrahymena as a biological system; the discovery of telomerase and its role in chromosome replication; named a fellow of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; the difficulty of working with telomerase; attempts to clone telomerase prove unsuccessful; James D. Watson and Bruce W. Stillman; Barbara McClintock; serves as a consultant for Geron Corporation; telomerase research's relevance to questions of human aging and cellular senescence; studies human telomeres with Calvin B. Harley; postdoc Karen R. Prowse finds differences between mouse and human telomerase; laboratory management; the biotechnology industry; women scientists and the obstacles they face.