Dr. Robert Tjian, was named director of the Berkeley Health Sciences Initiative. The Initiative launches a new era in cross-disciplinary research and teaching. Computer scientists and biologists, psychologists and engineers, epidemiologists and chemists across the campus are forming partnerships to catalyze new discoveries that will shape the future of human health. It is developing more powerful diagnostics and new treatments for the most pressing health problems facing the world today. Major contributions are occurring in the areas of: Biomedical Imaging, Cancer Therapies, Drug Delivery, Functional Genomics, Health Care in the Developing World, Infectious Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment, Neurodegenerative Diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis. To facilitate the work of the Health Sciences Initiative, two new centers are established at Berkeley are: Center for Health Sciences & Bioengineering and Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Dr. Tjian, 52, is Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University. Before moving to California, Tjian was junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and a staff investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He has been California Scientist of the year and is a member of National Academy of Sciences.