Who is this Joseph Watson?
I joined Thomas Steitz’s laboratory in August 1998, shortly after moving to Connecticut from Memphis, Tennessee where I had been working with another Howard Hughes Investigator, Charles Sherr, and his wife Martine Roussel, in their labs at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
It was quite a transition from the South to the Northeast, both in terms of the way of life and in terms of my new job responsibilities. I was coming from a lab with vast expertise in Molecular Biology to join a very talented team of Structural Biologists from the world-over, uncovering the molecular designs and mechanisms of life. In the last few years here at Yale, I have learned a great deal about large-scale protein purification and crystallization techniques, and I find it particularly rewarding when I can apply my experience to support my fellow labmembers..
I am currently working with Dr. Janice Pata (that’s her standing next to me in the photo above) to purify and crystallize the protein-RNA complex by which HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase initiates DNA synthesis.
I live in Cheshire, Connecticut with my lovely, brilliant, and talented wife Susan, of Deal England. In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar (where no one can hear me) and exploring the countryside with my magnificent dog, Scout.