ISMAR 2013 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) & Abragam Prize

I visited Rio de Janeiro to speak at the 18th Triennial ISMAR Conference (ISMAR is the International Society for Magnetic Resonance), where I also received the first Abragam Award for Young Investigators. You can read about it on LBL Today, QB3, and Bruker’s Blog.  

54th Experimental NMR Conference (Pacific Grove, CA)

I attended the 54th Experimental NMR Conference (ENC), at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, and spoke about “Hyperpolarized Molecular Sensing and Detection.”  

Atomic structure and assembly of an amyloid fibril (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 5468, 2013)

We have published the structure of cross-β amyloid fibrils formed by TTR in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (). The work was led by Dr. Anthony Fitzpatrick and the authors include three generations of my colleagues, directed and mentored by Robert Griffin and Christopher Dobson. The publication has been reviewed in Physics Today (download: Atomic and […]

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 […]

Weizmann Institute BioNMR Workshop

I spoke at the BioNMR workshop at the Weizmann Institute: Sensitivity Challenges in Contemporary Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance A Foresight Workshop February 26-28, 2013 Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel  

NMRS 2013 & Shaoxing, Wuhan, Mumbai

I spoke at the annual meeting of India’s National Magnetic Resonance Society in Mumbai, and also visited Shaoxing and the Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, in Wuhan.

Web videos about transuranic elements discovered at Berkeley

Brady Haran visited Berkeley today to film segments for his Periodic Table of Videos series. The segments focused on Glenn T. Seaborg’s life and his discovery of ten transuranic elements at Berkeley, including Plutonium and Seaborgium, named in his honor. Of element 106, Jeffrey Winters wrote in Discover Magazine, Not only is Seaborg the first living […]

OctoberCEST Conference (Annapolis, MD)

I spoke the excellent OctoberCEST conference, organized by Professors Michael McMahon, Peter van Zijl, Assaf Gilad, and Jeff Bulte, in Annapolis, MD. The conference was attended by the growing community of scientists who develop MRI contrast agents based on chemical exchange saturation transfer, a method of signal amplification in molecular imaging. After the conference, we […]

Nobel laureate Sir John Gurdon’s sixth grade report card: “sheer waste of time”

Below is a copy of Sir John Gurdon’s sixth grade report card in biology. Gurdon was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, with Shinya Yamanaka, for their discovery that adult cells can be transformed into pluripotent (stem) cells. The full story is available here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9594351/Sir-John-Gurdon-Nobel-Prize-winner-was-too-stupid-for-science-at-school.html  

Eva Paciok (RWTH-Aachen) delivers a seminar, “NMR of translational motion at its limits”

Eva Paciok visited our laboratory for a six month exchange and delivered a seminar, “NMR of translational motion at its limits,” in which she described new methods to measure fast and turbulent flows in devices and porous materials. Her presentation was introduced remotely by her doctoral advisor, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Blümich, in Aachen. Some references […]