Carlotta Glackin. Photo provided by Carlotta Glackin
Carlotta Glackin. Photo provided by Carlotta Glackin

Carlotta A. Glackin, PhD. received her BA/BS degrees at UCLA and University of Colorado, Boulder in Biochemistry and MCDB respectively. She then pursued her PhD research under the guidance of Dr. James Bonner and continued her postdoctoral training with Dr Barbara Wold’s group at the California Institute of Technology. In 1993, she started as an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Anatomic Pathology at City of Hope and received tenure in 2000 as an Associate Professor in the Division of Molecular Medicine at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. She has been internationally recognized for her work in stem cell research and in 2007 received Awards from the Medical Research Council of South Australia where she spent a sabbatical with Dr Stan Gronthos’ group, at the IMVS in Adelaide. She has also received many national and foundation research grants over the years including: NIH, DoD, Susan G Komen, Foundation for Women’s Cancer, City and City of Hope that have continued to support her efforts to develop targeted therapeutics that inhibit TWIST1 and stop cancer. Dr. Glackin’s research provides another promising approach to therapy that could bring healing to so many women battling cancer.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I love what I do.

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

I have the flexibility to switch science fields in my work

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

London, England

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To fly!

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

A performance of “The Verdi Requiem” by the LA Master Chorale

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Go for a hike with my dog in the mountains or at the beach

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Good food, good friends and my dog.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Good wine

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

“Madame Curie”

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

A scientist at age 11.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My research and my students in the lab.

19 What got you excited in science?

Dinner conversations with my uncle (Prof Walter Munk, UCSD) and his scientific colleagues.

20 What excites you about science now?

New technologies that may actually translate into cures for many diseases

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?


22 What is a secret talent of yours?

putting interesting people together

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

“Who we are and how we got here”

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Don’t dwell on your imperfections just get your ideas out there and be patient.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Go for a Balloon ride over Paris

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Go to the movies or the theater

29 What is the last thing you watched?


30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

A tube of Nanoparticles for my next experiment.

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

“The Gene” by Mukherjee

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Black-eyed peas with smoked sausage

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

There’s enough DNA in the human body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Fragrant roses and jasmine

39 What is your favorite sound?

Birds singing in the morning

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My friendliness and ability to laugh.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Celebrating my birthday surrounded by successful former students from my lab.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A tall sugar pine

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Its proximity to the mountains, beaches and desert as well as many cultural activities.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Naked mole rats never get cancer due to an abundance of hyaluronan in their skin.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Elaine Bearer