The Ion Proton at the Smithsonian 'Code of Life', F1 generation in the foreground. 3
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra Two years ago when I started this blog I had a few goals – one was to educate and inform, another to build connections, and a third to […]

A new role, a new team and a new blog


Standing-room only crowd at the 2014 AACR Symposium "Single Cell Analysis of the Tumor"
During AACR a number of great sessions were presented at ‘meet the expert’ sessions at 7am in the morning. One benefit of coming out West from the East Coast is not being able to stay up past 10:30pm or so local time, and waking up on my own at 4:30am […]

Dana Pe’er, Garry Noland and single-cell proteomics at AACR


Steven Rosenberg, NCI at a 2014 AACR Plenary Session
As a person who worked at a melanoma research institute once upon a time (the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica California, by the way), it was a pleasure to hear Steven Rosenberg’s plenary talk at the AACR meeting in San Diego. A lot has happened since 1997. It […]

Steven Rosenberg and T-Cell Immunotherapy for Cancer



The reason I enjoy coming to large meetings like the American Association for Cancer Research (April 5-9 in San Diego) is the surprising things I learn. And the story of Elana Simon is one of them. She did not appear on the program, but a new award was initiated this […]

Elana Simon at the American Association for Cancer Research


Edison Liu, director of Jackson Laboratories Center for Personalized Medicine, at the NCI Third Symposium on Translational Genomics
Living in the Washington DC area is a privilege. As a native Californian who has been on the East Coast for about 7 years now, living in the Mid-Atlantic has been so enjoyable for many professional and personal reasons. A case in point is proximity to the National Institutes of […]

Notes from the NCI’s Third Symposium on Translational Genomics