Yale Pharmacology Prof Brilliant at Researching Cancer Drugs; How He Treats Women, Not So Much

Yale Pharmacology Prof Brilliant at Researching Cancer Drugs; How He Treats Women, Not So Much

Life as the William H. Prusoff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Yale has its ups and its downs. One day, you’re winning the $1 million Dan David Prize for research into cellular signal transduction (might help cure cancer, no bigs); the next, your former secretary files a lawsuit for wanton sexual harrassment dating to day one of her tenure.

The complaint, Mary Beth Garceau v. Yale, alleges a lot about Prof. Joseph Schlessinger, from jokes about penis size to bragging about conquests (46) to the scholarly exchange above. Yale did nothing to stop the harrassment despite her frequent complaints, Garceau says; a spokesperson for the university tells the YDN that they’ll fight the suit in court. (Full PDF)

Garceau also alleges that Schlessinger showed her a photo of a naked woman and claimed it was his wife — at which point his wife walked in the door and started yelling at him. That’s wrong and stupid and crazy enough. Wronger, stupider, crazier: his wife, Irit Lax, is an assistant professor in the same department.

  • valid

    valid sexual harassment case. However she should be prepared to substantiate the claims that she alerted university administration. If that can be shown, she should receive the proper judgement. Especially if people start coming out of the woodwork with their own Schlessinger stories… keep us posted, ivygate!

  • valid

    valid sexual harassment case. However she should be prepared to substantiate the claims that she alerted university administration. If that can be shown, she should receive the proper judgement. Especially if people start coming out of the woodwork with their own Schlessinger stories… keep us posted, ivygate!

  • dave

    not hoping to be offensive, but this guy has the potential to cure cancer! He doesn’t seem like a violent offender, and he clearly has aspirations to do something for the greater good.

    And now to be completely offensive-if this was misunderstood sweet talk from a creepy researcher (and nothing physical or overwhelmingly emotionally scarring)-this could be a take one for the team situation.

  • dave

    not hoping to be offensive, but this guy has the potential to cure cancer! He doesn’t seem like a violent offender, and he clearly has aspirations to do something for the greater good.

    And now to be completely offensive-if this was misunderstood sweet talk from a creepy researcher (and nothing physical or overwhelmingly emotionally scarring)-this could be a take one for the team situation.

  • mike

    he’s not the only one who will be able to cure cancer. let him get whats coming to him.

  • mike

    he’s not the only one who will be able to cure cancer. let him get whats coming to him.

  • 09yalie

    Here’s the real question: Yale has the second largest university endowment in the country. How much money is in this for her?

    I’m not making a judgment on the validity of her case, but I’m just wondering why she’s suing Yale and not Schlessinger.

  • 09yalie

    Here’s the real question: Yale has the second largest university endowment in the country. How much money is in this for her?

    I’m not making a judgment on the validity of her case, but I’m just wondering why she’s suing Yale and not Schlessinger.

  • blabber

    If he cures cancer, the pharmacologist industries of the world will lose $trillions and they will give him the “Fuck You” in no uncertain terms.

  • blabber

    If he cures cancer, the pharmacologist industries of the world will lose $trillions and they will give him the “Fuck You” in no uncertain terms.

  • D

    At least he didn’t threaten to rape her like the Yale rappers MC Banana and crew.

  • D

    At least he didn’t threaten to rape her like the Yale rappers MC Banana and crew.

  • deen
  • deen
  • jackson pollack

    A friend of mine was in his lab as a phd student, and she left. She told me that Schlessinger regularly harrassed the women in his department, and the women had to take it because this is the kind of guy who could AND WOULD break your career if you filed a complaint against him. Schlessinger is a really big name professor (that’s why he was brought to Yale), and I’d be really surprised if any of the women students/post-docs/professors would say anything agaist him…. sure a secratary, or a lab tech would, but that’s differnt.

  • jackson pollack

    A friend of mine was in his lab as a phd student, and she left. She told me that Schlessinger regularly harrassed the women in his department, and the women had to take it because this is the kind of guy who could AND WOULD break your career if you filed a complaint against him. Schlessinger is a really big name professor (that’s why he was brought to Yale), and I’d be really surprised if any of the women students/post-docs/professors would say anything agaist him…. sure a secratary, or a lab tech would, but that’s differnt.

  • qcompson

    if you’re a big name prof at yale you can do whatever the fuck you want and no one can/will do anything.

  • qcompson

    if you’re a big name prof at yale you can do whatever the fuck you want and no one can/will do anything.

  • P’ton

    WOW! – God syndrom

  • P’ton

    WOW! – God syndrom

  • speakout

    Listen, you can believe Mary Beth Garceau. this is schlessingers MO. he has behaved like this before he ever got to Yale. he thinks he is untouchable.

  • speakout

    Listen, you can believe Mary Beth Garceau. this is schlessingers MO. he has behaved like this before he ever got to Yale. he thinks he is untouchable.

  • insider

    You mention the Dan David Prize which he got for his (claimed) cancer drug development. This is not supported by the literature. The critical work that led to SUTENT was done by others – he has hijacked the credit for this work. This behaviour is consistent with that reported in this issue of Ivygate. He thinks he can get away with everything!

  • insider

    You mention the Dan David Prize which he got for his (claimed) cancer drug development. This is not supported by the literature. The critical work that led to SUTENT was done by others – he has hijacked the credit for this work. This behaviour is consistent with that reported in this issue of Ivygate. He thinks he can get away with everything!

  • freedom

    Stand strong Mary Beth Garceau! This is definitely Schlessinger’s MO. He actually refers to himself as God and definitely feels that he is so powerful that he can do whatever he wants. He also stole more than just the credit for SUTENT. A district court judge recently ruled that Schlessinger hijacked the idea for Erbitux from his former colleagues at Weizmann and ImClone has now lost the patent as a result. Check it out at http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/19/news/companies/pluggedin_varchaver.fortune/index.htm

  • freedom

    Stand strong Mary Beth Garceau! This is definitely Schlessinger’s MO. He actually refers to himself as God and definitely feels that he is so powerful that he can do whatever he wants. He also stole more than just the credit for SUTENT. A district court judge recently ruled that Schlessinger hijacked the idea for Erbitux from his former colleagues at Weizmann and ImClone has now lost the patent as a result. Check it out at http://money.cnn.com/2006/09/19/news/companies/pluggedin_varchaver.fortune/index.htm

  • Johnny Utah

    Seriously, you guys act like this has never happened before. The woman was just brave enough to sue the bastard. For some reason(probably the vast grant money these guys bring in) the science departments here are just notorious for sweeping male, chauvinistic behaviors under the rug. A friend of mine told me a story of another big-named prof harrassing a female postdoc to the point where she actually got a restraining order against him so he can’t come on her floor when she was in the vicinity.

  • Johnny Utah

    Seriously, you guys act like this has never happened before. The woman was just brave enough to sue the bastard. For some reason(probably the vast grant money these guys bring in) the science departments here are just notorious for sweeping male, chauvinistic behaviors under the rug. A friend of mine told me a story of another big-named prof harrassing a female postdoc to the point where she actually got a restraining order against him so he can’t come on her floor when she was in the vicinity.

  • truther

    There are plenty of other people working on curing cancer who aren’t overtly sexually harassing their assistants and stealing patent ideas from their colleauges. I’m guessing the only reason he came crawling to Yale from the pharmaceutical industry was because ImClone / Sanofi-aventis probably booted him out when they lost the lawsuit and found out that he stole the idea of an antibidy/chemotherapy combuination. Did Yale University not care about this when they did their background check?

    Does academic integrity to members of Yale’s faculty??

  • truther

    There are plenty of other people working on curing cancer who aren’t overtly sexually harassing their assistants and stealing patent ideas from their colleauges. I’m guessing the only reason he came crawling to Yale from the pharmaceutical industry was because ImClone / Sanofi-aventis probably booted him out when they lost the lawsuit and found out that he stole the idea of an antibidy/chemotherapy combuination. Did Yale University not care about this when they did their background check?

    Does academic integrity to members of Yale’s faculty??

  • Reason

    You are an idiot, ‘truther’. You have no idea at all what you are talking about. Get a life, and stop being such a moron.

  • Reason

    You are an idiot, ‘truther’. You have no idea at all what you are talking about. Get a life, and stop being such a moron.

  • Reason

    You are an idiot truther. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Why don;t you just shut up and get a life. Do you have no idea who he is ?

  • Reason

    You are an idiot truther. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Why don;t you just shut up and get a life. Do you have no idea who he is ?