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Aristides Patrinos, 2006-03-03

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Oral History | Ari Patrinos
Oral History | Ari Patrinos

Scope and Contents

Ari Patrinos, biologist and environmental scientist, is interviewed by Mila Pollock on March 3, 2006, at the J. Craig Venter Institute, in Rockville, Maryland.

Ari Patrinos discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Synthetic Genomics, Inc. -- Scene 2. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 3. Road to the Department of Energy -- Scene 4. Switching fields in science -- Scene 5. Early involvement in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 6. Opposition to sequencing the human genome at the Department of Energy -- Scene 7. Opposition from radiation biologists -- Scene 8. Charles DeLisi's influence and the appeal of the Human Genome Project -- Scene 9. Respective roles of the DOE and NIH in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 10. Involvement of physical scientists in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 11. Developing sequencing technologies in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 12. New 454 sequencers -- Scene 13. Public vs private in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 14. Craig Venter as a colleague -- Scene 15. Data release in the Human Genome Project -- Scene 16. Gene patenting -- Scene 17. Dangers of genomics -- Scene 18. Jim Watson and the Human Genome Project -- Scene 19. Attempts at reconciliation between Collins and Venter -- Scene 20. Two personalities of the Human Genome Project: Francis Collins and Craig Venter.


  • Creation: 2006-03-03


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

Ari Patrinos is currently the Chief Scientist and Director of Research at NOVIM and a Distinguished Industry Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at NYU-Poly. He is the former president of Synthetic Genomics, Inc. He is best known for his leading roles in the development of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the U.S. Human Genome Project. He earned his undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and astronautical sciences from Northwestern University.

Patrinos worked in Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory system from 1973 to 2006. His research area includes biomedical engineering, atmospheric turbulence, environmental chemistry, climate change, and statistical methods. In 1995 he became the Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Research in the DOE Office of Science and was responsible for human and microbial genome programs, structural biology, nuclear medicine and health effects, global environmental change. He helped create the DOE's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in 1997 and developed the DOE's Genomes to Life Program.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.


2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : MiniDV - CSHL1129, CSHL1130

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Ari Patrinos.) : DVD ; 73 min

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Interview recorded on Mini DV, then transferred to DVD.

Repository Details

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