Bruce Stillman on Transition from Scientist to Administrator
  Bruce Stillman     Biography    
Recorded: 14 Aug 2003

No, no, [I didn't have prior administrative experience.] Well, actually I don’t think Jim did when he became director either. I didn’t have extensive administrative experience. I had some. But I had two things; one is that I’d been at Cold Spring Harbor [Laboratory] for a long time. I was a postdoc here and then a junior faculty member. But most importantly I had watched how Jim ran the Laboratory. And I was a very—I think a good student of Jim’s ability as an administrator. I picked up a lot of the things. Actually Jim did also when he came here. The reason why I think Jim came here was that he really understood the culture of Cold Spring Harbor [Laboratory.] And I think I do as well. That’s actually probably the most important thing —if you understand the culture then everything else flows from that. You make decisions that fit within that culture.

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).