Why I decided to join GRAIL’s quest to detect cancer early

This month, I stepped down as Verily’s Chief Scientific Officer and joined GRAIL, a startup focused on the early detection of cancer, to guide its precision medicine and translational science efforts. I’ll still be affiliated with Verily through its Science Board, which I’ll chair. I write about the reasons for my decision here: Seeing deeply […]

Professor Patrick Van der Wel – Studies of amyloid fibrils by solid state NMR

My former colleague, Patrick Van der Wel, visited Berkeley and delivered a seminar, “Investigating amyloid formation mechanisms by studying fibrils by solid-state NMR.” Patrick is a professor in the Department of Structural Biology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has established a research program that applies solid state NMR to difficult structural targets including insoluble aggregates or proteins within […]

America’s Cup and San Francisco Fleet Week: Sailing Santorini

I sailed Santorini, a Beneteau 323, to watch the seventh and final race of the America’s Cup and the second air show of San Francisco’s Fleet Week. The view from near Alcatraz was spectacular, but the oscillating platform of a small vessel was less ideal for photography and video. The economic impact of the America’s Cup has been estimated by the […]