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Carol Greider Collection

Identifier: CWG

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Carol Greider Collection is composed of materials accrued by Dr. Greider during her postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley from 1984-1987, and her early work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from 1997-1992. The collection consists of computer printouts, correspondence, course notebooks, emails [printed], graphs, journal articles, laboratory notebooks, photographs, reprints, scientific notes and x-ray films. The date range is from 1975-1992. The materials are directly related to Dr. Greider’s work with mentor Elizabeth Blackburn, which would lead to the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009. The Carol Greider Collection also contains two patents transferred by the Office of Technology Transfer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


  • Creation: 1975 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

No restictions apply to this collection. Access is given only by appointment, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Conditions Governing Use

Achival 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.

Biographical / Historical

Carol Greider was born in San Diego, California on April 15th, 1961. She received her B.A. in Biology in 1983 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1987 from the University of California, Berkeley. She carried out her graduate research in the laboratory of Elizabeth Blackburn, working on telomeres, the sequences at the ends of chromosomes, in particular on the enzyme "telomere terminal transferase," known as telomerase.

Greider and Blackburn shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Jack W. Szostak.

Greider continued her research on telomerase when she came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1988 as the second CSHL Fellow. On completion of her fellowship, she joined the CSHL faculty 1990-1992, promoted to Assistant Investigator (1990-1992), followed by Associate Investigator (1992-1994) and an Investigator (1994-1997).

In 1997, she joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University where she is the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. In February 2014 Greider was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, in addition to Daniel Nathans Professor, and department director for Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Greider visited UC Santa Cruz while on sabbatical leave September 2019 - May 2020.

On May 21, 2020 UC Santa Cruz announced Greider was joining their faculty as a Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental (MCD) Biology. Greider began her position at UC Santa Cruz in October 2020.

Awards and Honors

  1. Gairdner Foundation International Award (1998)
  2. Member of the American Society for Cell Biology (1999)
  3. Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (2000)
  4. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
  5. Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2003)
  6. Richard Lounsbery Award (2003)
  7. Member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2004)
  8. Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (2006) (shared with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak)
  9. Dickson Prize in Medicine (2006)
  10. Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences (2006) (shared with Elizabeth Blackburn)
  11. Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University (2007) (shared with Elizabeth Blackburn and Joseph G. Gall)
  12. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2009) (shared with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak)
  13. Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize (2009) (shared with Elizabeth Blackburn)


30 Linear Feet : The majority of this collection has been digitized. Digital images can be viewed by clicking links within this online finding aid. ; 8.75 linear fee/notebooks, 19.83 LF/films

Language of Materials



The materials arrived boxed in seven cubic boxes and five mailing boxes [14 X 17 X 1] containing 17 Kodak Film boxes. The papers are in good condition. The laboratory notebooks have tabs indicating sections; however, many are missing. There was not an inventory within the boxes received.

Series in Carol Greider Collection:

  1. Series I: Laboratory Notebooks, 1984-1986
  2. Series II: Rotation Notes & Group Meetings, 1983-1989
  3. Series III: Thesis, 1983-1987
  4. Series IV: Methods Notebooks, 1975-1979
  5. Series V: Class Notes, Berkeley, 1983-1987
  6. Series VI: Other, 1986
  7. Series VII: Diagnostic Films, 1983-1984
  8. Series VIII: Patents, 1999-2000

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Carol Greider, in May 2017. Accession number 2017_002_CG. In 2019, 6 more boxes of x-ray film were donated, and the two patents were donated in 2021.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in September 2017 by Clare Clark. Digitized in 2017 by Tom Adams. Detailed desciptions by Siddharth Satishchandran in 2018. Links to Digitized materials 2019 by Tom Adams.

Carol Greider Collection
Finding aid prepared by Clare Clark, Tom Adams and Siddharth Satishchandran. 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
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Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA