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Ann Kiessling Oral History Interview. June 13, 2014

Ann Kiessling Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

June 13, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Ann Kiessling (b. 1942), a native Oregonian, attended Oregon State University as a doctoral candidate from 1967-1971, ultimately obtaining her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics. In 1996, after stints at Oregon Health Sciences University and Harvard Medical School, Kiessling founded the Bedford (Mass.) Stem Cell Research Foundation, an independent biomedical research institute that conducts stem cell and related research for diseases presently considered incurable. Kiessling is considered an international leader in both reproductive biology and stem cell research. Her interview focuses on her ties to the state of Oregon, including her upbringing in Baker City and Klamath Falls, and her memories of life as a Ph.D. student at OSU.