Nicoletta Sacchi on Women in Science
  Nicoletta Sacchi     Biography    
Recorded: 08 Jun 2004

For a woman I think is still more difficult because we are faced with responsibility like family, be they children or old parents. We have many more responsibilities than men have, or at least they should have the same but we take on us more. But I don’t think if you are really motivated, I think we can be very creative and this meeting really here in Cold Spring Harbor this year told us how many women obviously reconciled their private lives with science. In other words, I wouldn’t tell any woman not to enter in science because this can be difficult for her family. Because if you are creative you can reconcile both, and of course you have to have the right partner that supports you in your choices and in your traveling and your long hours in the lab because our work is long, long, long hours in the lab.

Nicoletta Sacchi, Ph.D., is a Professor and Distinguished Member of the Department of Cancer Biology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York where she has been focusing on gene regulation in cancer cells since 2003. Native to Milan, Italy, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Milan in 1972, followed by postdoctoral work at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, at the Roche Institute of Immunology in Basel under Nobelist Georges Köhler.

In 1982 she came to the United States to continue her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute. She returned to Italy in 1991 to become an Associate Professor at the University of Milan, until 1997 when she decided to make the US her home. That year she became a Visiting Scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2002 Dr. Sacchi, was named the most cited women scientist and the 18th most cited scientist worldwide That year she received recognition for having the most quoted paper over the 20 year period from 1983 to 2002, "Single-step method of RNA isolation by acid guanidinium thiocyanate phenol chloroform extraction" Analytical Biochemistry 162(1):156-9,1987, which she co-wrote with Piotr Chomczynski.. This article has been cited over 56,000 times as of January, 2008.

Dr. Sacchi has been awarded the EMBO Award (1974 and 1981), the Soroptimist International Award (1976), AIRC Award (1984), the Gianina Gaslini Medal (1989), and the BIOTEC Award (1989.)