Recorded: 20 Feb 2001
When McClintock got the Nobel Prize in 1983, it was on the blackboard that day at Cambridge. It was a pretty exciting time for plant geneticists. It was very important, so obviously everyone knew about Cold Spring Harbor and obviously Watson, Watson and Crick, are a defining moment in molecular biology. And, certainly, Jim [Watson] had actually come to Cambridge and visited the plant-breeding institute and you know Cold Spring Harbor was already very important.
Rob Martienssen is a plant molecular geneticist and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1986 and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a young scientist, he worked closely with Barbara McClintock. He currently studies plant epigenetics and development using functional genomics. He was awarded the Kumho International Science Award in Plant Biology and Biotechnology (2001).