Roger Tsien, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry/Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 

Dennis A. Carson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine & Molecular Pathology, UC San Diego

 

William Trogler, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UC San Diego

 

Sadik Esener, Ph.D., Professor of Photonics & Nanotechnology, UC San Diego

Roger Tsien, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemistry/Biochemistry, UC San Diego

Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry (2008). E. B. Wilson Medal (2008), Rosenstiel Award (2006), Wolf Prize in Medicine (2004) Keio Medical Science Prize (2004), Dr A.H. Heineken Prize (2002), Artois-Baillet Latour Health Prize (1995), Gairdner Foundation International Award (1995). Dr.Tsien is renowned for revolutionizing the fields of cell biology and neurobiology by allowing scientists to peer inside living cells and watch the behavior of molecules in real time. Tsien is a key pioneer of calcium imaging and well known for developing various dyes which change color in the presence of particular ions such as calcium. Profesor Tsien is also a notable biochemical inventor and holds or co-holds about 100 patents till 2010. In 1996, Tsien co-founded the Aurora Biosciences Corporation, which started its public commerce in 1997. In 2001, Aurora was acquired by the Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Similarly, Tsien was also a scientific co-founder of Senomyx in 1999.

Dr. Dennis A. Carson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine & Molecular Pathology, UC San Diego

He served as an Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Director of Moores Cancer Center at UCSD. He serves as Clinical Advisor of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He founded Vical Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corp., IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Triangle Pharmaceuticals Inc. He served as a Member in the Department of Immunology at the Research Institute of the Scripps Clinic. He has been a Director at Dynavax Technologies Corporation since December 1997.

William C. Trogler, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UC San Diego

His honors include Phi Beta Kappa, du Pont Young Faculty Fellowship, Rohm and Haas Faculty Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Trogler published over 180 research papers, 11 patent disclosures, and two books (one edited). Bill serves on the strategic advisory board of RedXDefense. In recent years, his research interests have centered on luminescent polymer sensors for explosives, thin film resistive chemical vapor sensors, and biomedical applications of nanoparticles.

Sadik Esener, Ph.D. Professor of Photonics & Nanotechnology, UC San Diego

After leading UCSD’s OptoElectronic Computing Group for more than a decade, Dr. Esener became the director and Principal Investigator of the NanoTumor Center for Cancer Nanotechnology of Excellence funded by NCI. He has authored more than 100 journal publications and 250 conference abstracts. Esener co-founded San Diego-based Nanogen, Optical Micro-Machines, Parallel Solutions, Genoptix, Call/Recall and Ziva.