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Science and Ideas Group - How science is done in the real world

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
via Zoom - details below:
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When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm

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Meeting ID: 848 0146 1083
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Science and Ideas Group Presents 
How science is done in the real world

Presenter:  Richard Schwarz, PhD


Description of talk: Dr. Schwarz has been a basic research scientist for 40+ years focusing on how tendon cells control collagen production and cell proliferation.

Basically, a collagen rope links a muscle to a bone. At every stage of development from embryo to adult, the tendon has to be the right size. If the tendon is too long, there is slack and fine muscle control over the bone is lost. If too short, the range of motion is diminished. Nature is the world’s best chemist, and nature has had millions of years to perfect its art. Deciphering its methods takes time.


Short biography: Dr. Schwarz holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Biophysical chemistry. His Ph.D. was from Harvard in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where his tendon research began. He did his postdoc with Mina Bissell at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL).  There followed a year in London at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund as a visiting scientist, and then three years at the Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine) as an Associate Scientist. Dr. Schwarz then returned to LBNL as a Research Scientist. His own company, SNZR LLC, was started in 2019 and has one issued patent.


Dr. Schwarz is married with three adult children and lives in Oakland, CA.