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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Grilled Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Valldemossa, Majorca
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/5/1943
Birth Location:
Port of Spain,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Grilled Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Valldemossa, Majorca
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/5/1943
Birth Location:
Port of Spain
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Biography

Biologist and research director Robert Dottin was born in Trinidad in 1943. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1970 with his B.S. degree in in biology. Dottin went on to earn his M.S. degree in medical biophysics in 1972 and his Ph.D. in medical genetics in 1974 from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, Dottin was awarded the Centennial Fellowship to pursue post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dottin served as a professor at the Johns Hopkins University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Pasteur Institute in Paris, Karlova University in Prague and Oxford University. Dottin then became a full professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His teaching experience includes courses in bioinformatics, genetics and developmental biology, all of which utilize internet and digital technology to promote interactive learning. In addition, Dottin has developed many strategies that promote the inclusion of under-represented groups in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathemathics) research as well as addressing health disparities. Dottin is the founder of the “JustGarciaHill” website – a internet-based community of more than four-thousand minorities in science. Dottin scholarship is published in journals such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Ethnicity and Disease.

From 1988 to 1986, Dottin served as the program coordinator for the Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function (Gene Center) at Hunter College. In 1998, he was appointed as the director of the Gene Center. As director, Dottin increased the productivity, the level of funding, and the diversity of the faculty and staff within the organization. He steered the research at the Gene Center towards a “translational research” agenda and managed equal partnership of the Gene Center in the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) with the Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. He is the principal investigator for the CTSC sub-award to Hunter College, and he is co-principal investigator on T3 Translational Research Network pilot projects to use an interactive videoconferencing platform to prevent chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and environmental toxicity.

Robert Dottin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 28, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Robert Dottin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin talks about his mother, Lena Decoteau
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert Dottin talks about his parents' personality and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert Dottin describes his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert Dottin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert Dottin describes the neighborhoods where he grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert Dottin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Port of Spain, Trinidad - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Port of Spain, Trinidad - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin discusses the Trinidadian economy and political activism, and his memories of the country gaining its independence from Great Britain in 1961
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin describes the demographics of Trinidad and Tobago, and talks about famous writers who lived in Trinidad
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin discusses the genetic diversity in Africa and his work with the H3Africa project
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin talks about the schools that he attended in Trinidad, and describes the British system of education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert Dottin describes his math education in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert Dottin talks about studying calculus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert Dottin talks about his interest in science and mathematics, and his experience in high school at Fatima College in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin describes how Trinidad gained independence from Great Britain in 1961
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin talks about Trinidad's independence celebrations of 1961, and discusses the different ethnic backgrounds of immigrants and African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin describes his experience in high school at St. Mary's College in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin describes his decision to attend the University of Toronto
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin describes his experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin describes his decision to pursue his master's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Toronto, studying bacteriophage integration mechanisms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin describes his master's and Ph.D. dissertation on bacteriophage lambda regulation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin describes the scientific reaction to his Ph.D. dissertation on bacteriophage lambda regulation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin describes his postdoctoral research at MIT, where he discovered novel features of the messenger RNA of the amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin talks about his experience as a visiting professor in Copenhagen, Sweden in 1976
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin describes his research on signal transduction in Dictyostelium discoideum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin talks about working with Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. on minority education in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert Dottin describes his decision to accept a faculty position at Hunter College in New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin describes his initial experience at the Center for the Study of Gene Structure at Hunter College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin describes his experience at the Center for the Study of Gene Structure at Hunter College, and its achievements over the years - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin describes his experience at the Center for the Study of Gene Structure at Hunter College, and its achievements over the years - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin talks about Just Garcia Hill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin talks about a study of the underlying biases that affect minorities in science and ongoing efforts to change this trend
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin discusses his current focus on science education and administration, and his research contributions over the course of his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert Dottin discusses his work promoting collaborations in science and education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin describes his involvement in the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative and his work with cyber classrooms - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin describes his involvement in the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative and his work with cyber classrooms - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Robert Dottin shares his views on the politics of science and the debate on evolution
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Robert Dottin shares his views on climate change and evolution
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Robert Dottin talks about his role in establishing a collaborative network within the City University of New York and with other local universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Robert Dottin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, and discusses the need for minorities in STEM
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Robert Dottin reflects upon his career and his contributions towards science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Robert Dottin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Robert Dottin talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Robert Dottin talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Robert Dottin describes his photographs