Peter Little on Interests Outside of Science
  Peter Little     Biography    
Recorded: 30 May 2003

Oh, I have lots of them. I’m very unusual in science. I actually spend a ton of time not doing science. I love sailing. I did a lot of diving. I did mountaineering when I was younger. So I’ve enjoyed being outside, lots of outdoor activities. I enjoy writing. I wrote a book just recently. So there’s a whole range of things that I’ve really enjoyed. But always outside; I love being outside.

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.