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Mary Jane Gething, 2003-01-16

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Oral History | Mary-Jane Gething
Oral History | Mary-Jane Gething

Scope and Contents

Mary Jane Gething, biochemist, is interviewed by Mila Pollock, on January 16, 2003, in Melbourne, Australia.


  • Creation: 2003-01-16


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Mary-Jane Gething, biochemist, is the former head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne where she earned her Ph.D. in 1974. She moved to Cambridge to do post-doctoral work and in 1976 she arrived in London to research protein synthesis. 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. Gething’s current research involves protein folding in the cell and the role of molecular chaperone BiP.


2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1244, CSHL1245

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Mary Jane Gething) : DVD

1 Cassettes (Working copy) : VHS: Mary Jane Gething GETHING_MARY_JANE_01 [1:29:46] unedited

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Scene 1. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 2. Women in science: the 1960s -- Scene 3. Women in science: being a mother -- Scene 4. Women in Science: differences among disciplines and nations -- Scene 5. Work in Cambridge and London -- Scene 6. Meeting Joe Sambrook -- Scene 7. Working with Joe Sambrook -- Scene 8. 1980 Canberra Cloning Meeting -- Scene 9. Influenza Hemagglutin research -- Scene 10. International collaboration with Joe Sambrook -- Scene 11. Coming to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 12. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: research -- Scene 13. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: research in James Lab -- Scene 14. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: atmosphere in James Lab -- Scene 15. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: seminars in James Lab -- Scene 16. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Recombinant DNA research -- Scene 17. Great research moments at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: ongoing success -- Scene 18. Great research moments at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: race for the tPA clone -- Scene 19. Jim Watson -- Scene 20. Romance and science: marriage to Joe Sambrook -- Scene 21. Joe Sambrook: generosity in science -- Scene 22. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: scientific colleagues -- Scene 23. Barbara McClintock -- Scene 24. Writing science -- Scene 25. Scientific life and mind -- Scene 26. University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas -- Scene 27. Present life -- Scene 28. Advice for young scientists.


Interview recorded on Hi-8, then transferred to VHS and DVD. VHS digitized in 2021 by CLIR RAR Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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