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Roberto Malinow Laboratory Collection

Identifier: RM

Scope and Content

The Roberto Malinow Laboratory Collection is mainly composed of research product generated from 1994-2006. The materials include laboratory files, notebooks, administrative records, glass laboratory slides, magnetic data tapes, CD-ROMs containing data and photographs of experiment results. Many of the CD-ROMs contain unreadable files, as do all of the magnetic data tapes.


  • Creation: 1987-2006


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Access Restrictions

Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restriction

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users. Due to the very fragile nature of some materials in this collection, some are available through photocopies; others must be used under the supervision of an archivist.


Roberto Malinow was born born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1956. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College in 1978, an M.D. from the NYU School of Medicine in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley in 1986. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine under the guidance of Dr. Richard Tsein. He joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 1990 and then in 1994 came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he was the Ale Davis and Maxine Harrison Professor of Neuroscience. Dr. Malinow left CSHL in 2006 for the University California San Diego and established his laboratory in their Biological and Neurological Sciences group.

Dr. Malinow is a neuroscientist whose research at CSHL focused on synapse transmission. His goal was to increase understanding of the changes that take place in synapses during the development of the neuronal networks and during learning and memory processing.


17 storage bins, 7 boxes (20 linear feet)


This Collection is composed primarily of material generated by the Roberto Malinow Laboratory Group (Dr. Roberto Malinow and his laboratory staff) during their tenure at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1994 until 2006. A small portion of laboratory notebooks are from Dr. Malinow’s, and his colleague Dezhi Liao’s, previous work at the University of Iowa.

Arrangement Note

The material has been divided in 4 series.

  1. Series 1: Roberto Malinow Lab Group (1991-2006) (storage bins 1-18)
  2. Series 2: Roberto Malinow Papers (1990s-2003) (box 18)
  3. Series 3: Roberto Malinow Laboratory Notebooks
  4. University of Iowa (1987-1993) (box 19)
  5. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1994-2003) (boxes 20-21)

Material was received in an organized state; the bulk of the Collection was housed in storage bins labeled by the name of the creator i.e. the laboratory staff member. The bins are stored in alphabetical order. Dr. Malinow’s papers and laboratory notebooks are stored in chronological order. Some of Dr. Malinow’s files and research were extremely difficult to date and often contained multiple years within the same notebook or file. A small portion of the material was undated and was determined to fall under the time period of the Malinow Laboratory at CSHL due to the references to people and places. Materials that were not already boxed in storage were removed from binders and put into archival document cases.


The collection was donated by the Roberto Malinow Laboratory Group upon Dr. Malinow’s departure from CSHL in 2006. It was received, accessioned, and processed at CSHL Library and Archives in 2006 and a second processing was completed in January 2012.


This collection was processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Basic Processing Grant.

Roberto Malinow Laboratory Collection
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Finding Aid Prepared by Amy Driscoll.
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Finding aid written in English.

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