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Charles Sherr, 2002-06-15

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Oral History | Charles Sherr
Oral History | Charles Sherr

Scope and Contents

Charles Sherr, cancer researcher, is interviewed by Mila Pollock on June 15, 2002, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

Scene 1. Becoming a scientist -- Scene 2. Virology research -- Scene 3. First visit to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 4. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Symposia and meetings -- Scene 5. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Board of Trustees -- Scene 6. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Scientist: David Beach -- Scene 7. Advice for young scientists -- Scene 8. Communication skills in science -- Scene 9. Jim Watson as a writer -- Scene 10. Scientific differences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Scott Lowe and Greg Hannon -- Scene 11. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watosn School of Biological Sciences -- Scene 12. The future of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 13. Biology in the electronic age -- Scene 14. Favorite journals -- Scene 15. History in biology.


  • Creation: 2002-06-15


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

Charles Sherr earned his joint M.D./Ph.D. degree from New York University in 1973. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator based at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. There, he is also the Chair of the Tumor Cell Biology Department and the Herrick Foundation Chair. His work focuses on retroviral oncogenes, growth factors and their receptors, and cell cycle control. In 1991, Sherr's laboratory discovered the mammalian D-type G1 cyclins and went on to identify the cyclin-dependent kinases with which they associate, as well as a series of polypeptide inhibitors that negatively regulate their activities. Sherr is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; he has won numerous awards and is the author of more than 235 scientific articles. He joined the National Cancer Institute in 1973, became a member of the NIH staff in 1975 and head of the viral pathology section, Division of Cancer Cause and Prevention, in 1977. Since 1983, he has been affiliated with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sherr was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


1 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : MiniDV - CSHL1149

2 Cassettes (Camcorder footage) : Hi-8 - CSHL1301, CSHL1302

2 VHS (Working copy) : 2041 SHERR_CHARLES_2002_01 [1:02:21] unedited; 2042 SHERR_CHARLES_2002_02 [1:02:54] duplicate, unedited

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Charles Sherr.) : DVD ; 46 min.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English