Watch: Joseph Gall Retirement Symposium

Our beloved colleague Dr. Joseph Gall has retired from Carnegie Science at the age of 92.
Joseph Gall at the microscope


Our beloved colleague Dr. Joseph Gall has retired from Carnegie Science at the age of 92.

Dr. Gall is a luminary in the biological sciences and his contributions to our understanding of chromosome structure and function cannot be overstated. In winning the prestigious Albert Lasker Special Achievement Award, he was called the “founder of modern cell biology.”

He is also notable for the depth of his expertise in microscopy. He famously built the microscope on which he did his graduate work and continues to push boundaries in what these instruments can teach us.

The generations of scientists trained and mentored by Dr. Gall who then went on to make major breakthroughs of their own have only deepened his already massive impact on the discipline. In particular, Dr. Gall is often noted for his longtime mentorship of women in science at a time when it was a little-to never-discussed concept. Many of these women went on to be recognized with some of the world’s greatest scientific honors.

In addition to the Lasker Award, Dr. Gall is also a recipient of Columbia University’s Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (together with his former mentee Elizabeth Blackburn and her former mentee Carol Greider, both Nobel Laureates) and the American Society of Cell Biology’s top honor, the E.B. Wilson Medal.

We recently held a virtual symposium to celebrate Dr. Gall's retirement, and it is our great pleasure to share it with you here! Watch:

Click here to download the companion PDF — Includes a full transcript, images from the presentations, stories from Dr. Gall's friends and colleagues, and more! 

/ Order of Events /

- Yixian Zheng (Director, Carnegie Embryology)
- Eric Isaacs (President, Carnegie Science)
- Don Brown (Director Emeritus, Carnegie Embryology)


- Joe Gall

Reflections & Anecdotes

- Joan Steitz: Early Years at the University of Minnesota

- Liz Rogers: The transition from Minnesota to Yale

- Susan Gerbi with input by Mary Lou Pardue: In situ hybridization
- Adrian Bird: rDNA structure and amplification
- Liz Blackburn: Heterochromatin and repeated DNA
- Giuseppina Barsacchi: Lampbrush chromosomes
- Ji-Long Liu: Cajal bodies and other nuclear bodies
- Gaëlle Talross: The Gall lab in the RNomic world

Concluding Remarks 

- Allan Spradling (Director Emeritus, Carnegie Embryology)

Open Discussion 

- Gall family

- Anecdotes from audience


- Susan Gerbi