Oral Histories

Interview of Stephen J. Elledge

Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences: Stephen J. Elledge
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Science, Medicine, and Technology
Maestrejuan, Andrea R.
Elledge, Stephen 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.
Dealing with alcoholism in Elledge's family; childhood interest in chemistry; attends University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; spends a year at University of Southampton in England; travels in Europe; develops an interest in genetics; enters graduate program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; works in Graham C. Walker's lab; attempts to use recombination enzymes in yeast to identify homologous genes in humans; is accepted as a postdoc in Ronald W. Davis's lab; interest in cell cycle regulation; develops a cDNA expression library and cloning system YES; clones the cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (Cdk2) gene; the discovery of inhibitor molecules; future directions in the study of inhibitor molecules; develops a two-hybrid system; work in polymerase ; accepts a position at Baylor College of Medicine; the quality of graduate students and postdocs at Baylor College of Medicine; wife Mitzi Kuroda; the pressures of parenthood; Elledge's funding; the future of scientific funding; future directions of his lab's research; science's limited ability to interpret reality.