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James Sherley, 2001-09-06

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Oral History | James Sherley
Oral History | James Sherley

Scope and Contents

James Sherley, professor and stem cell researcher, is interviewed by Mila Pollock on September 6, 2001, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

James Sherley discusses the following in his interview: Scene 1. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 2. Scientific career -- Scene 3. Meetings at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 4. Bruce Stillman and Tom Kelly -- Scene 5. Research by Bruce Stillman and Tom Kelly -- Scene 6. Tom Kelly -- Scene 7. John Cairns -- Scene 8. Arnie Levine -- Scene 9. Scientists as role models -- Scene 10. Being a black scientist -- Scene 11. Success against adversity: difficulty in gaining tenure -- Scene 12. Different treatment because of race -- Scene 13. Working as a mentor -- Scene 14. Recent successes.


  • Creation: 2001-09-06


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 Sherley is a scientist on the forefront of adult stem-cell research. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D./Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology (BCMB Program) from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was a Principal Investigator in the Division of Medical Science at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was an Professor of Biological Engineering and Principal Investigator at the Division of Biological Engineering at MIT from 1998-2007. He held the position of Senior Scientist at Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Programs in Regenerative Biology Cancer Biology from 2007-2013. He is the founder and current director of Assymetrex. His present research is in developing adult stem cell technologies for clinical drug discovery and cellular medicine applications.

Sherley was honored as a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Science in 1993, and in 2001 became a Pew Science and Society Institute Fellow. He won the 2006 NIH Director's Pioneer Award.


2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1298, CSHL1299

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with James Sherley) : DVD ; 45 min.

2 VHS (Working copy) : 2041 SHERLEY_JAMES_2001_01 [0:55:09]unedited; 2041-42 SHERLEY_JAMES_2001_02 [0:55:55] duplicated, unedited

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English