Title: Scientific associate, laboratory of Professor
Michael B. A. Oldstone, Department of Neuropharmacology.
Duties: Keeping the lab running smoothly and conducting
experiments in immunology and virologymainly on measles,
lymphocytic chormenigitis viruses, and immunosuppression.
Started at Scripps: 1961, as one of the original
group of 32 people moving to Scripps from the University of
Pittsburgh. "Coming from Pittsburgh was an adventure. It had
all just started. Everything was new and we had great times
discovering La Jolla together."
Biggest Changes Since Then: "Better techniques and
equipment. The transgenic mouse opened up a whole new area
of research... And, of course, Scripps grew, departments were
added, and the campus expanded."
Favorite Part of the Job: "There has always been
something new. I have learned a lot and it's been very rewarding.
And I've worked with such nice people!"
Extracurriculars: For the last five years, Tishon
has been the project leader for Torrey Pines Trail Maintenance
with ScrippsAssists, the volunteer club for employees of TSRI,
Scripps Hospitals, and Scripps Clinic. The group, which adopted
the Guy Fleming Trail, works all over the park. "We have cleared
off ice plants to make way for native plants, trimmed trails,
performed soil recovery, and replaced old posts. Most recently,
we painted the landing at Yucca Point. The ranger has gotten
to know us and now feels comfortable giving us challenging
projects." The Torrey Pines Trail Maintenance group meets
once a month, usually on the second Saturday.
In addition, Tishon is involved in the Kiwanis Club, especially
Meals on Wheels, and enjoys hiking, playing bridge, and gardening.
She recently started learning about Bonsai.
Scientific Associate Toni Tishon was
one of the original group of 32 who moved to La Jolla in 1961
with renowned immunologist Frank Dixon. "Coming from Pittsburgh
was an adventure," she recalls. "It had all just started."
Photo by Kevin Fung.