Recorded: 03 Jul 2003
I first got involved in courses here in the ‘70s and there’s a course which was organized by, I think the first year was by Joe Gould and Mary Lou Pardue.
Probably cytogenetics. I can’t remember now. It was held in Demerec. It ran for three or four years. I don’t know. You could look it up. I used to come every year as an instructor, and that was great fun! I always used to stay at Wawepex before they ruined it. They were very hard work, but great fun. These were lab courses. I did maybe three or four years of that. I don’t know. I can’t remember now. It’s probably in the record somewhere .
Michael Ashburner, a leader in Drosophila Genetics and bioinformatics, received his B.A. (1964), M.A. (1968), Ph.D. (1968) and Sc.D. (1978) from the University of Cambridge, where he is currently professor of Biology in the Department of Genetics and a Professional Fellow of Churchill College.
He has been the joint head of European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and was co-founder of Flybase, the primary online database for Drosophila genetics and molecular biology, the Gene Ontology Consortium, an effort to coordinate biological databases through a defined taxonomy of gene function, and the Crete Meetings, a bi-annual event focusing on the developmental and molecular biology of Drosophila melanogaster.
Among many honors, he is the recipient of the G.J. Mendel Medal (Czech Republic 1998) and the George W. Beadle Medal (Genetics Society of America 1999).