Mary Jane Gething on Advice for Young Scientists
  Mary Jane Gething     Biography    
Recorded: 16 Jan 2003

Do what turns you on! Science is not—I mean I can’t believe it’s not better, even in its worse form, than working in an office or whatever. But there are times when it’s a struggle. And there are times when you think you’re going nowhere. And there’s times when you’re beaten out on something important by another lab and you think, is this worth is and so on.

But if you can’t get up in the morning and want to go to work, then there’s no point. So there’s no point in following a project because somebody tells you to do it or because, you know, it’s commercially important. If it doesn’t get you up in the morning and make you want to, you know, open the incubator door or, you know, get the feed off the computer or whatever. There has to be that enjoyment and drive of just liking what you do from moment to moment. It’s a great life if you can take it, I guess.

Mary-Jane Gething, biochemist is Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne where she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1974. Subsequently she went to Cambridge to do post-doctoral work.

In 1976, she moved to London to work on protein sequencing and in 1980, Gething and Joseph Sambrook received a NATO grant for travel to collaborate on virus research. She began working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1982 where she continued her research of proteins. In 1985, Gething and Sambrook moved to Dallas to work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. They moved back to Australia in 1994.

Her current research involves protein folding in the cell and the role of molecular chaperone BiP.