Curiosity & Collaboration:
The Work of Michael Potter
The Office of NIH History and and DeWitt Stetten Jr. Museum thanks the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for sponsoring these exhibits about Dr. Christian Anfinsen and Dr. Michael Potter.
We especially recognize Alan Schechter, M.D., chief of the NIDDK Molecular Medicine Branch, for his vision and his significant contributions to the content of the Christian Anfinsen exhibit. We thank Beverly Mock, Ph.D., deputy chief of the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics in the NCI Center for Cancer Research, for her unwavering support and contributions to the image collection and content of the Michael Potter exhibit. These exhibits would not have been possible without the considerable commitment of time and resources made by Drs. Schechter and Mock to this initiative.
For contributing some of the most extraordinary photographic resources contained in the exhibition, we thank Dr. Potter’s daughter, Melissa Adde, as well as his former colleague, Michael Cancro, M.D..
The museum also is grateful to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), particularly Stephen Greenberg, Ph.D., Holly Herro, Jill Newmark, and John Rees. NLM’s History of Medicine Division and Exhibition Program staff were incredibly helpful in the research of these exhibits, allowing the use of images and objects from their collections, and advising on exhibition illumination and micro-environments.
On the NIH Stetten Museum staff, curator Michele Lyons researched and developed the scripts; exhibit designer Hank Grasso created the exhibition’s design; and archivist Barbara Faye Harkins aided in research. From the Office of the Director, the Museum would like to thank Dierdre Andrews, Janice Austin, Lionell Davis, and Ruth Baity for accomplishing the mountain of purchasing and contracting that was essential to bring this exhibition to fruition.
- The Work of Michael Potter
- I. A New Tool for Immunology: Plasma Cell Tumors
- The Mouse Room in the Laboratory of Biology
- Finding a Plasma Cell Tumor to Study
- Finding a Mouse to Grow the Plasma Cell Tumors
- Significant Collaborations
- II. Antibody Structure, Function, and Genetics
- Matching Immunoglobulins to their Antigens
- What Makes Immunoglobulins Differ Genetically?
- A Structure Identified!
- III. Plasma Cell Tumor Development: A Complex Multi-Step Process
- IV. Legacy of Shared Curiosity
- Exhibit Dedication Video
- Artifacts Index