The Interface Between Art and Science
Sitting Down With… Adrian Woolfson, Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Sangamo Therapeutics, Brisbane, California.
Maryam Mahdi | | Interview
What influenced your early career?
As a young scientist, I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from industry heavy-weights. I applied to do my doctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK, but they were reluctant to take me on because as a student with training in psychology, what could I possibly know about molecular biology and its applications? I believed that my psychology training and medical background set me apart and allowed me to see things from a different, fresher perspective. They must have thought so too, because they took me on!
At the time, I didn’t realize how privileged I was. On my first day, I had tea with three Nobel Prize winners, Max Perutz, César Milstein and Fred Sanger. And over the course of my time there, I came to know several others, including Sydney Brenner and Aaron Klug. LMB was filled with men and women who had and were revolutionizing the field. It was surreal. Everywhere I turned, I found a new source of inspiration. It pushed me to strive for the best throughout my career.
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