While working together as junior faculty at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) from 1978 to 1981, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus made groundbreaking discoveries about developmental genes in fruitflies. In this interview, Nobel Laureates Nüsslein-Volhard and Wieschaus reminisce about their early experiments, successful collaboration, and what it was like to work in a field in which very little was known at the time.
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and did my undergraduate work at University of Notre Dame. During my graduate work at Yale University, the professor I was working with (Walter Gehring) decided to return to his home country of Switzerland and I followed him and completed my Ph. D research in Basel, Swizterland. After doing… Continue Reading
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is the Director of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. Throughout her career, Nüsslein-Volhard has studied the genetic basis of development and morphological variation using Drosophila and zebrafish as model systems. She was awarded the 1991 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. Continue Reading