Marguerite Vogt

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Who is it?: Biologist & Virologist
Birth Day: February 19, 1913

Marguerite Vogt

Marguerite Vogt was born on February 19, 2013, is Biologist & Virologist. Marguerite Vogt was a German-born American cancer biologist and virologist best known for her research on polio and cancer at the ‘Salk Institute for Biological Studies’. She collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Renato Dulbecco to analyse the way polio virus develops plagues in cell cultures, a discovery that eventually aided in the development of a polio vaccine. The duo examined how some viruses take control of the cells infected by them. They displayed that polyomavirus, the small DNA viruses that are characteristically extensive, tucks in their own DNA into that of the host cell. These analyses of the duo changed the descriptive form of virology to a more determinable one. Vogt and Dulbecco also showed the way a virus can change a cell to a cancerous one. Their investigations on cancer led to some of the first inklings of the genetic characteristic of the disease. She began her research on polio virus at the ‘California Institute of Technology’ (Caltech). Thereafter she joined the ‘Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ where she worked for decades and remained the oldest working scientist of the institute who had spent more years at a Salk bench than any other scientist. Over a career span of almost an incredible eight decades, Vogt, a dedicated scientist who worked for around ten hours a day for generally six days a week, trained and aided legion of scientists, graduate pupils and postdoctoral fellows of whom four researchers went on to win the ‘Nobel Prize’. However she remained one of the most unsung female scientists who won no professional award or distinction for her scientific contributions.
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Occupation Scientists
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Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 19, 1913 ()
Birthday February 19

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Marguerite Vogt was born in Germany in 1913. The youngest daughter of Oskar Vogt and French-born Cécile Vogt-Mugnier, Marguerite took her M.D. degree from the University of Berlin in 1937. Her parents were prominent neuroscientists and she grew up in an intense scientific environment. Her older sister, Marthe Vogt (1903-2003) was a neuropharmacologist who became a fellow of the Royal Society and a professor at Cambridge.


Marguerite moved to the California Institute of Technology in 1950 to work with Max Delbrück. He introduced her to Renato Dulbecco, a junior faculty member in the division of biology and together, Vogt and Dulbecco worked on methods to culture poliovirus. They were the first to successfully grow the virus in vitro and were able to plaque purify it, an essential step for subsequent vaccine production. Marguerite's technical abilities as a cell culturist were critical to this work. This resulted in a classic paper. They next turned their attention to cancer causing viruses, beginning with the polyoma virus. They were able to culture this virus and examine its latency, resulting in another classic study.


Dulbecco was recruited to the newly founded Salk Institute for Biological Studies in 1963, and Marguerite joined him as a research fellow in his group. They continued their work on tumor-causing viruses. However, their interests diverged, and in 1973, Marguerite was appointed as a research professor which was an independent position that allowed her to pursue her interest in origins of cancer. Her interests evolved to examining cellular immortalization in cancer cells, and the role of telomeres in this process. She published her last paper in 1998.


She died July 6, 2007, at her home in La Jolla, California.

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