Joseph F. Sambrook, Ph.D. March 1, 1939 – June 14, 2019

Dr. Joseph F. Sambrook came to UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1985 as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry. In 1991, he stepped down as department chairman to become Director of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, a position he held until 1995. Dr. Sambrook was world renowned for his studies of viruses and the molecular biology of normal and cancerous cells. His work effectively changed the ways in which scientists approach the cellular development of many forms of human cancer. He also co-authored Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, the definitive and best-selling manual on gene cloning. Sambrook was often described by his peers as brilliant, feisty, driven, and highly competitive. You can honor his legacy by supporting the Joseph F. Sambrook, Ph.D. Memorial Fund below.


Read more about Dr. Sambrook in Part II of the Perspectives magazine series “75 Years of Vision”