Oral Histories

Interview of Joseph P. Dougherty

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Joseph P. Dougherty
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Hathaway, Neil D.
Dougherty, Joseph P.
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.
Growing up in Brooklyn; undergraduate studies at New York University (NYU); early interest in genetic engineering; the lack of lab opportunities at NYU; working as a lab technician with Arnold M. Katz and Munekazu Shigekawa; the differences between a medical and a scientific education; Dougherty's graduate school curriculum at Yale University; his thesis work with Peter Lengyel purifying (2'-5')(A)n synthetase; switching to Richard K. Gershon's lab; research with Yacov Ron on genetic manipulation of the immune system; working in Pierre Chambon's large lab at Université Louis Pasteur; bringing technical expertise to retroviral research in the Howard M. Temin lab; using vectors and helper cells to study retrovirus replication; genetic screening and the confidentiality of medical records; the funding of scientific research; making politicians understand the importance of biomedical research and biotechnology; the National Institutes of Health Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee's concerns about gene therapy research; combatting misinformation about AIDS; problems with various AIDS treatment ideas; Dougherty's style of lab management.