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James Hicks, 2001-08-08

 Item — Box: AV06, Hi8: CSHL1263
Oral History - Jim Hicks
Oral History - Jim Hicks

Scope and Contents

Jim Hicks, yeast geneticist, is interviewed by Mila Pollock and Jan Witkowski, on August 8, 2001, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Jim Hicks discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Beginning in science -- Scene 2. Graduate studies with Ira Herskowitz -- Scene 3. Yeast experiments with Jeff Strathern -- Scene 4. 1975 Yeast Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 5. Establishing the Yeast Group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 6. Bringing Amar Klar to the Yeast Group -- Scene 7. Collaboration at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 8. Ten years of research -- Scene 9. Scientific regrets -- Scene 10. Research highlights.


  • Creation: 2001-08-08


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

James Hicks is a pioneer in the field of yeast genetics. He earned his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Oregon, working with Ira Herskowitz.

Hicks researched with Jeff Strathern and Amar Klar in the Cold Spring Harbor Yeast group from 1977 to 1984 where they made outstanding discoveries about the mechanism of mating type switching in yeast.

Hicks is the co-founder of ViroGenomics, a Portland biotech company that is searching for new treatments for chronic and acute viral disease. He remains at ViroGenomics as a board member. He is currently a Research Professor of Biological Sciences at the Bridge Institute at University of Southern California.


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1263

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Jim Hicks) : DVD ; 48 min

2 VHS (Working copy) : VHS: 2037 [2 copies]: HICKS_JAMES_2001_01 [0:56:32] unedited, cuts to blue at 7 minutes; HICKS_JAMES_2001_02 [0:58:30] unedited

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


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

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA