This is far more than a “collaboration,” as we share ideas, reagents, and resources freely among our three laboratories. Haining and I work next to each other and our labs are a continuum on the Fourth floor of the Cancer Center. Together, we review all our data, have lab meetings, make hiring decisions, and share ideas, projects, and research grants. Harvey is a 9-hour plane flight away from us, but nevertheless he is a “real presence” in our lab, as I hope and I think we are in his lab.
For the past 20+ years I have called Harvey almost every day, often several times on the same day, when we have some new exciting data, and we review and discuss all data together and shared with him in over 100 publications and many grants. We have different areas of expertise that synergize together and give us the possibility to analyze and study a research problem from different angles. Most importantly, we admire and respect each other: there are and there have been many discussions and criticisms among us about data, research priorities, etc. This is how we make progress. We all know that critiques are intended in a constructive way, and we seek each other’s criticisms to improve. This may sound a politically correct fairy tale, but it is not: it is team-work at its best and there has never been a fight among us, because we completely trust each other.
Each of us is proud to work with a consistently talented group of post-doctoral fellows and researchers. Almost every one of our researchers has participated in one or more of our published, peer-reviewed papers. Below, you will see some photos with brief biographical information about some of the wonderful members of mine and Haining’s teams both now and in the past. Of course they have played a critical role in the success of our research. This page is in progress and names and photos are being added as I receive them. A special place in our team has been that of Professor Giovanni Gaudino, a very well respected molecular biologist and mesothelioma researchers, who after retiring from the University system in Italy joined our team in Honolulu for several years. He is now retired "again" in Switzerland, but he continues to play a critical role in our research and participates in our lab meetings via skype and tele-conferencing. Giovanni is one of those scientists who played a direct role in the development of the new science of "molecular biology", he understands molecular biology better than us all, and his critiques and advice have and continue to play a pivotal role in the progress of our research.
In addition to the “Core” team of these three laboratories, we work cooperatively with many laboratories across the world. Some of them are listed below.