Mark Alper

Mark has spent his entire career at the University of California, in three parallel roles:  teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; managing a research program in Biomolecular Materials, focused on applying the principles and components of living systems to non-living processes and devices; and, at the University’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, serving as Deputy Director of the Materials Sciences Division, a research unit of 700 staff focused on developing and characterizing novel electronic, structural, biological and “nano” materials. Since his “retirement,” Mark has continued to teach at Cal and to manage “Nano-High,” a program he created in 2003 that attracts over 500 Bay Area high school students to Saturday morning lectures by internationally recognized leaders in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Mark is also a United States Soccer Federation licensed referee, overseeing games of high school age travelling teams in the Bay Area. Mark earned a B.A. at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley.