I am the “elder scientist” in the Eddy Lab and have been a weekly visitor to Janelia Farm since 2008. I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1965), did my graduate degree at the University of Minnesota (1969) and moved on to post doctorial positions at Roswell Park/SUNY Buffalo (1970-71), the University of Texas at Dallas (1971-73) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1973-75).
I spent my academic career in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia and was a Fellow and Associate in the Evolutionary Biology Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). I retired as an Emeritus Professor in 2002 and moved to the National Science Foundation where I was a Program Director in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences until my second retirement in 2010. Over the last four decades my research has meandered around the control of ribosome biogenesis and small RNA structure and function. Currently I divide my time with my wife between the DC metro area and our second home in the Walla Walla Valley of eastern Washington state. I enjoy out door activities such as cycling, skiing, hiking and golf as well as the collecting and sharing of fine wines, cooking and listening to classical music and jazz. Life is both interesting and good.