Free Online Lectures by Leading UCSF Scientists

· Learning Online, Online Education

The talks are available at, and include lectures by Nobel laureates Elizabeth Blackburn, Eric Wieschaus, and David Baltimore, as well as an impressive group of UCSF biologists that includes Joe Derisi, Jonathan Weissman, and Cynthia Kenyon.

Topics include:

  • “How I Became a Scientist,” by Robert Ramirez, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology at San Francisco State University;
  •  “Learning from Failure,” by Bruce Alberts, PhD, the editor-in-chief of Science, professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, and United States Science Envoy to Indonesia and Pakistan and
  •  “Rebuilding African Universities,” by Haile Debas, MD, chancellor emeritus at UCSF, former dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences.

The talks provide considerable introduction to the lecture subject, making them accessible to students and researchers from various fields. A number of the seminars include teaching tools, such as extensive lecture notes and question sets, and are being used in graduate and undergraduate classrooms around the world. The talks may be streamed or downloaded, or viewed on YouTube or iTunes.

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