Peter Little on CSHL Symposia
  Peter Little     Biography    
Recorded: 30 May 2003

I think it’s just the quality of the scientists. It’s the other scientists and then Cold Spring Harbor itself I absolutely adore. I think it’s a wonderful place. It’s very relaxing, and it’s very easy to do science. People are professional at looking after scientists. We’re very difficult creatures to look after. And I had a wonderful time here, and it’s a fantastic environment for talking to people and intellectual exchange. It’s wonderful.

Peter Little is a bioinformatics researcher, professor of medical biochemistry and the head of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received his Ph.D. working with recombinant DNA under Ed Southern and Peter Walker at Edinburgh University. In 1976, Little cloned a human gene – the second time this was ever accomplished.

Little’s laboratory studies the genetic basis of gene expression, and genetic variation as it pertains to the regulatory regions of the genes. He has hypothesized that there are two types of genetic variation that alter gene expression. His lab has also created advanced techniques for testing genetically influenced transcript variations.

He comes to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory regularly for genome meetings and symposia.