Bruce Stillman on Concerns About Being Director of CSHL
  Bruce Stillman     Biography    
Recorded: 14 Aug 2003

Well, the concerns were pretty limited but they were nonetheless real. The concerns were: Could I continue to do science? and Would that affect my science? It has affected my science. I think that my science is going—my own laboratory is still done very well, but it’s not as big as it was. I cut it down by about a half. [Another concern] is that I don’t get the time to read as much as I would like. Particularly reading outside of science. I like to read biographies and history. But even reading within science. So that’s one down side. There has been, I think, a down side in family— Because I’m extraordinarily busy and so one devotes all the time to the Laboratory and not to one’s family. But I have to balance that, and I hope I’ve tried to do that reasonably well. And the other is—so those are the two principal down sides.

Molecular biologist and biochemist, Bruce Stillman, received his Ph.D. from the John Curtain School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in 1979. His long affiliation with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory began in 1979 when he arrived as a postdoctoral fellow. He became a member of the scientific staff (1981), Senior Scientist (1985), Assistant Director (1990), Director and Chief Executive Officer (1994), and President (2003), the position he currently holds. Stillman has also been Director of the Cancer Center at CSHL since 1992.

His research concerns DNA replication, yeast genetics, cell cycle and chromatin structure. His work has elucidated the reason why DNA sequences and silenced states of chromatin are pass through generations. His lab is concerned with understanding the mechanisms and regulation of DNA replication in eukaryotic cells, a process that ensures accurate duplication and inheritance of genetic material from one cell generation to the next.

Bruce Stillman has received numerous awards and honors and research awards. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (1993), and as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2000).