Merilyn Sleigh on Tom Maniatis
  Merilyn Sleigh     Biography    
Recorded: 17 Jan 2003

Tom Maniatis was you know a different sort of character, very personally intense, but once again very positive to interact with, very helpful and you just had the feeling that he was just so fantastically bright and that the lab that he had was a little bit more out of the competition compared with other labs. He obviously ran his lab in a different way, but very productively. So a very admirable character as well.

Merilyn Sleigh is a pharmacologist, molecular biologist and dean in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of New South Wales. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Sydney in pharmacology and another PhD in molecular biology at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), she came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to work under Joe Sambrook as a postdoctoral fellow researching the protein production of SV40. She returned to CSIRO, establishing one of the first laboratories in Australia using genetic engineering approaches to study influenza virus structure, evolution and gene regulation. She has become involved in developing the biotechnological industry in Australia. Sleigh is founding director of the Australian Biotechnology Association and is currently Chief Executive of EvoGenix, a start-up biotechnology company located in Australia.