Dr. R. Sanders Williams
Dr. Williams is President of the Gladstone Institutes and Gladstone’s Robert W. and Linda L. Mahley Distinguished Professor. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The Gladstone Institutes have been actively working with Dr. Jennifer Doudna and her team in CRISPR technology, a form of genome editing. As a scholar and a scientist, Dr. Williams discovered genes, proteins and pathways that control development, proliferation, cell size and differentiation of cardiac and skeletal muscle cell. His laboratory defined basic principles of how these cells adapt to changing physiological demands associated with exercise or disease. He was educated and received postdoctoral training in public and international affairs, internal medicine, cardiology, biochemistry and molecular biology at Princeton University, Duke University, Harvard University, Oxford University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.