Personal Page for Charles S. Gasser


A photo of C. S. Gasser from 1989 when he still had stars in his eyes about being a professor at a research university.


Charles S. Gasser
Professor of Molecular Biology
Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

I have been at U. C. Davis as an Assistant, Associate, and now Full Professor since November, 1989. My prior occupations include:

Senior Research Specialist, Life Sciences Section, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO (Feb. 1985 - Oct. 1989). At Monsanto I worked on genes expressed in plant reproductive structures, EPSP synthase genes, engineering plants tolerant to Roundup® herbicide, and coordinating monocot transformation.

Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Stanford University (Sept. 1979 - Jan. 1985). I worked in the laboratory of Robert Schimke on regulation and amplification of the mouse dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) gene. Construction of DHFR "minigenes" was one of my main contributions.

Assayer/Chemist, Strawberry Mine (6,500' in the Sierra Nevada just South of Yosemite Park), Teledyne Tungsten Corporation.

Counselor and Work Crew Leader, U. S. Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps. (This excellent program took high school kids from the inner city, gave them meaningful employment and taught them self-respect and responsibility. The "kids" routinely achieved >$4.00 worth of Forest Service work for every $1.00 spent on the program. Tens of thousands of kids were turned from potential gang members to productive, happy citizens. It was, of course, one of the first things cut in 1980 with the inaguration of the Regan Administration!).

Undergraduate student at U. C. Davis, majoring in Botany (B. S. 1978).


Chuck in the Forest Service with his trusty Datsun pickup and Hollowform kayak.


Hobbies: rock climbing, kayaking (although I never get out any more), backpacking, hiking, botanizing, birding, chain saw sharpening and wood splitting to ensure heat for our house at 7,000' in the Sierra.