Watch Dr. Carlotta Glackin share how she has helped to ensure what she achieves as a scientist and professor will live on.

Giving to and for the Next Generation

An uncle who was director of the Scripps Research Institute sparked Carlotta Glackin’s interest in science. So when she was 11 years old and a family friend who was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA invited her to visit her lab, the young girl took her up on it.

After earning undergraduate degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry, she entered a Ph.D. program in molecular biology. Dr. Glackin continued her postdoctoral work at Caltech and in 1993 received an appointment at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, where she continues to teach and conduct research.

In 1999, Dr. Glackin was herself diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Naturally, she turned to City of Hope. “Now I know both sides,” she says. “I’d go in for my treatment, then back to my lab. The nurses and staff were amazing. City of Hope really is the best place to get treatment.” Cancer-free for 17 years, Dr. Glackin is thinking about her legacy — both scientific and financial. That’s why she named City of Hope a beneficiary of her trust.

“I know how hard it is to get funding,” Dr. Glackin says. “I have spent most of my career in the lab at City of Hope working with superb graduate students. Having been a patient, too, I want to focus on the next generation and ensure that City of Hope continues to be a research and treatment leader. My gift through my estate to fund scholarships for graduate students will help ensure what I’ve achieved will live on.”

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