Sunday, March 15, 2015

I am a former research scientist who worked in the fields of biochemistry, genetics and infectious diseases.  I was born in the state of Tennessee, USA and I grew up in New Orleans.  I began my college career in 1962 at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where I enrolled in the College's "Great Books" program.  This began with a study of the ancient Greek language, translating Plato and Aristotle and then followed the development of Western science, literature and philosophy from  the 5th Century BCE through the European Middle Ages and Renaissance and into the 20th Century. 

After St. John's I moved to England where I began research in biochemistry at King’s College, University of Cambridge.  In 1970 I received a Ph.D. degree as well as a Research Fellowship from the UK Science Research Council. I then pursued a career in teaching and research first at the Rockefeller University, then at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and finally at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute in New York where I was a Laboratory Head and the Director of Microchemistry.

In 1997 I left research and, together with Takako Fukumoto, founded IGene Diagnostics in Palo Alto, California.  Over a period of the next eleven years IGene received numerous contracts and grants for research and development of automated high-speed DNA test instruments.

I retired from IGene in 2008.  Since that time I have followed new developments in science and technology, philosophy and art.  Below are some of the blogs I have published during the past few years:

Philosophical Inquiries 
Bloomsbury Writers and Artists 

Le Monde de Paris

 The Basic Diet

I am now focused on learning about recent developments in regenerative medicine, the use of stem cells, nutrition and gene therapy. 

For a summary of my scientific publications and citations click here:

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For my C.V. see below: