Oral Histories

Interview of Paul J. Anderson

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Paul J. Anderson
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Novak, Steven J.
Anderson, Paul J.
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 Syracuse, New York; undergraduate studies at State University of New York at Stony Brook; conducts research on the enzyme which opens supercoiled DNA; discovers that caotropic salt solution alters the winding of DNA; enters the M.D./Ph.D. program at New York University; wife, Cathryn Nagler-Anderson, and her scientific training and career; spends summers in the Gerald Weissmann lab at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory; studies interferon with Jan Vilek; internship and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital; specializes in rheumatology; research fellow in the Stuart F. Schlossman lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Schlossman's research on T cells and T lymphocytes; Schlossman's leadership in the antibody field; the role of the zeta subunit in the immune response; the role of genes and proteins in activating apoptosis; becomes a professor at Harvard Medical School; takes out patents; founds biotechnology company Apoptosis Technology.