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Silicon Valley Monthly Lunch

  • Baylands Cafe 1875 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

"The Human Genome"

by Richard Scheller (PhD '80)


  • $22 for talk and buffet lunch.

  • $5 for talk only. Please state “talk only” after your name when you register. You could order separately from Baylands Café.

Registration deadline: 4pm on the Tuesday preceding the talk. If you miss the deadline, please pay $5 at the door and you could order food from Baylands Café.

The human genome is comprised of about 3 billion letters. We all differ from each other by about 4 million letters. These differences are, in part, responsible for our different appearance, our different susceptibility to disease, and our different ways of thinking.

23andMe has the largest human genetic data base associated with traits. I will discuss how this data is collected and used to inform consumers about their personal genetics. In addition, we use the data to generate hypotheses about how to make medicines for people who have unmet needs.

About Our Speaker

Richard joined 23andMe in 2015 as Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Therapeutics. Under his leadership, 23andMe has built a dedicated research and therapeutic development team that uses human genetic data as the starting point for identifying novel therapies for common and rare diseases.

For 14 years Richard was Executive Vice President and Head of Genentech Research and Early Development, and member of both the Genentech and Roche executive committees. Prior to joining Genentech, Richard was a professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University from 1982 to 1994, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the Stanford University School of Medicine from 1994 to 2001. Richard has been an adjunct professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UC San Francisco since 2004.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Biology at Caltech and a postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Neurobiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Richard’s research elucidating the molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the release of neurotransmitter earned him the 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the 2010 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, and the 1997 US National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology.

Richard is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is also a member of the board of trustees at Caltech.