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James Hicks Collection

Identifier: JBH

Scope and Content

The James Hicks Collection at the CSHL Library and Archive documents the research of Dr. James Hicks during his time at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1977-1985), where he worked with Amar Klar and Jim Strathern at Delbruck Laboratory in the Yeast Group. The collection consists of laboratory research notebooks, one of which includes slide transparencies and photographs.


  • Creation: 1971-1984


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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.


James Hicks was born on September 11, 1946 in Neenah, Wisconsin. In 1968, he obtained his B.A. in Biology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and in 1975, he received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology, working with Dr. Ira Herskowitz. Dr. Hicks continued his post-doctoral studies in Molecular Genetics at Cornell University. From 1977 until 1985, Dr. Hicks collaborated with Jeff Strathern and Amar Klar in the Cold Spring Harbor Yeast Group where they researched the mechanisms of mating type switching in yeast.

Dr. Hicks is the co-founder of ViroGenomics, a Portland biotech company specializing in new treatments for chronic and acute viral disease. He remains at ViroGenomics as a board member and is also a board member of GenDx Corporation and Barrett Business Services. Dr. Hicks returned to CSHL as a visiting professor in 2003 and works with Dr. Michael Wigler on the genomics of breast cancer.


2 boxes (2 linear feet)


The James Hicks Collection documents the experimental laboratory work performed by Dr. James Hicks during his tenure at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in what was known as the “Yeast Group”. The collection consists of laboratory notebooks, one of which includes photographs and transparencies.

Arrangement Note

Material from this accession consisted of 5 three ring binder notebooks containing laboratory research notes. One notebook was created by a student, Ramona Morfeld, who participated in the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in 1984. Another notebook is a manual for the Delbruck Laboratory. The notebooks were in excellent condition and simply had to be rehoused. Dr. Hick’s titles were retained and subject divisions were noted when available.

  1. Yeast I, 1973
  2. Yeast II, 1973-1974
  3. Yeast IV: Native Strains, 1971-1975
  4. Delbruck Laboratory Manual, edited by Stephen L. Dellaporta
  5. Mona Morfield '84 (sic) Lab Notebook; Actual name: Ramona Morfeld, 1984 URP


The collection was donated by James Hicks. It was received, accessioned, and processed in June 2012.

Related Collections

See the Amar Klar and Jeffrey Strathern Collections at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library for additional information.


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

James Hicks Collection
Finding Aid Prepared by Amy Driscoll. Updated by Kate Pigliacelli in 2023.
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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