David J. Sullivan, Jr.
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Abstract of Interview
David J. Sullivan, Jr.'s interview begins with a discussion of his childhood in Birmingham, Alabama during which he was surrounded by a large and supportive family. He cites the importance of his family's Catholicism, strong work ethic, and their emphasis on Scouting in fostering his interests. After deciding to attend the University of Virginia, Sullivan's scientific interests blossomed throughout the 1980s against the backdrop of HIV and other infectious diseases. While undertaking his medical education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Sullivan developed an interest in scientific research with clinical applications. Concurrent with his medical education, Sullivan pursued a study of bioethics that he brought to his residency and fellowship work at Washington University in St. Louis. Before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, however, Sullivan worked at a clinic in Mussoorie, India, during the last few months of medical school. Throughout the interview, Sullivan described his service work in the community, including his time in India, and how community service allowed him to meet the Dalai Lama. While in St. Louis, Sullivan worked with Daniel E. Goldberg and concentrated his infectious disease research on the field of malaria. Continuing his efforts on heme crystallization and Zinc photoporphyrin-9, Sullivan brought his malaria research to Johns Hopkins University. Shortly after beginning as a principal investigator, Sullivan received a Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences award. He described the impact of the award as well as his perceptions of the annual meetings held during his four years as a Scholar. The interview concludes with Sullivan's discussion of biomedical funding, science after September 11th, and biomedical ethics in relation to funding.
|1983||University of Virginia||BA||Biology|
|1988||University of Alabama at Birmingham||MD|
Washington University in St. Louis
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Class Citizenship Award (The Netter Series) for Community Service
MAP Readers Digest Award International Fellowship, Mussoorie, India
Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award A.M.A.
Healthcare for the Homeless Coalition, St. Louis, Outstanding Volunteer Service
National Foundation of Infectious Diseases New Investigator Matching Award
|1997 to 2000||
Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences
|2000 to 2004||
Pew Scholars Award in the Biomedical Sciences
Inventor of the Year Award, Applied Physics Laboratory
Table of Contents
Large family. Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. Scouting. Early exposure to science. Dr. Max Cooper. Strong work ethic. Catholicism.
Deciding not to attend the United States Naval Academy. University of Virginia. Over-commitments and grades. Awareness of HIV and infectious diseases.
Laboratory technician. University of Alabama, Birmingham. Epidemic Intelligence Services. Interests in bench science develop. Volunteering efforts. Interactions with patients. Interest in bioethics. Medical experiences in India. Residency at Washington University in St. Louis. Interests in malaria. Volunteer work with Tibetan refugees. Meeting the Dalai Lama.
Infectious Diseases fellowship with Dan Goldberg. Malaria research. Influence of family on research. Publishing.
Johns Hopkins University. Continuing interest in heme crystallization. Working with Nirbhay Kumar. Burroughs Wellcome Award. Fewer clinical duties. Teaching. International advisor on malaria projects. Running his laboratory.
Other funding early in career. Zinc photoprphyrin-9. Annual meetings. Pew family. Johns Hopkins University Malaria Research Institute.
NIH funding. Patents. Policy initiatives. Medical issues outside the United States. Post-September 11th science. Continued scientific volunteering. Biomedical ethics.
About the Interviewer
David J. Caruso earned a BA in the history of science, medicine, and technology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and a PhD in science and technology studies from Cornell University in 2008. Caruso is the director of the Center for Oral History at the Science History Institute, president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and editor for the Oral History Review. In addition to overseeing all oral history research at the Science History Institute, he also holds an annual training institute that focuses on conducting interviews with scientists and engineers, he consults on various oral history projects, like at the San Diego Technology Archives, and is adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching courses on the history of military medicine and technology and on oral history. His current research interests are the discipline formation of biomedical science in 20th-century America and the organizational structures that have contributed to such formation.