Ashley Dunn on Women in Science: Barbara McClintock
  Ashley Dunn     Biography    
Recorded: 15 Jan 2003

Well Barbara of course epitomizes the fact that you can make it in science as a woman. It’s probably quite hard even today but by no means as hard as it was when Barbara McClintock was earning her colors. But Barbara was one of the very first truly accomplished scientists in genetics and I think is in many ways a role model for people that have followed that. She showed that it simply can be done. Like a lot of other people I have great respect for Barbara for having done that.

I think its tough being a woman being in science. Suzanne Cory may have already talked about that. But it can be done and Suzanne has shown that it can be done.

Ashley Dunn is currently a Senior Consulting Scientist and member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Cryptome Pharmaceuticals Ltd., an Australian biotech company. He also serves on Australia’s Gene Technology Advisory Committee. He is the former Head of Molecular Biology in the Melbourne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

He came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1976 to work with Joe Sambrook as a postdoctoral fellow and eventually became a junior faculty member.

His research has been concentrated on mammalian growth factors and the regulators responsible for the production of white blood cells in mice and men. He co-invented a mammalian blood cell regulator (GM-CSF), and his lab was the one of the first to establish gene targeting in the development of human diseases such as cancer.