Joan Steitz on Personal Reflections
  Joan Steitz     Biography    
Recorded: 04 Aug 2003

I mean I just feel so privileged to have—to be as old as I am so that I came into molecular biology at the time that it was still small when everybody was working on coli and coli viruses and to see if expand into this incredible thing with human genomes and biotechnology industry worth—again which I never foresaw. It’s just so exciting and so wonderful to have all these memories and to be part of that. I just can’t believe how lucky I’ve been.

Joan Steitz is a prominent molecular biologist who earned her Ph.D. under Jim Watson at Harvard University in 1967. She joined the faculty at Yale University in 1970 and is currently the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and the Director of the Molecular Genetics Program at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale. She is also an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Steitz’s research involves determining the structure and function of small RNA-protein complexes.

She has received numerous awards including the National Medal of Science (1986), the Weizmann Women and Science Award (1994), the Novartis Drew Award in Biomedical Research (1999), the UNESCO-L'Oréal Women in Science Award (2001), and the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research (2002).