Winship Herr on Collaboration Between Stonybrook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  Winship Herr     Biography    
Recorded: 09 Jul 2004

The history of that was that early on students came here from Harvard or from Columbia as examples. But one student, Jim Manley, came from Stony Brook. He actually went to Stony Brook—[students] started essentially in the early 1970s to come to Cold Spring Harbor Lab. He was probably the first graduate student here from Stony Brook and that was in 1975 or so.

And from there over the years, faculty here, Joe Sambrook, for example, became an adjunct member of the faculty there and brought students and others as well. There began to be more and more students from Stony Brook. There was, in fact, a joint genetics program with Stony Brook that started in ‘79, ‘80 or so that was extremely important. So there have been lots of graduate students, but Cold Spring Harbor Lab itself had never been responsible for graduate education.

Winship Herr, director of the University of Lausanne School of Biology and member of EMBO. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California in 1974 and Ph.D. for studies on recombinant retroviruses in leukemogenic mice with Walter Gilbert from Harvard University in 1982. He completed his postdoctoral research studies in Cambridge (England) with Frederick Sanger and with Joe Sambrook in Cold Spring Harbor. After that he joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory faculty in 1984. From 1994 till 2002 he was an assistant director of the Laboratory and founding dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences from 1998 till 2004. He is a professor of the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne.

Winship Herr is a former National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow, Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Biological Sciences.

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