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Oakland, CA 94610-4139 




SUMMARY         artist, medical scientist, science historian, philosopher,  noetic explorer, editor, ethnomusicologist, poet




Ph.D.     University of California, Berkeley, 1972

C.Phil.    University of California, Berkeley, 1971

A.B.       University of California, Berkeley, 1967




Communications Coordinator/Executive Associate, National Alcohol Research Center, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute,
          Emeryville, CA (1999–2006)

Science Editor, AMUR Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Belmont, CA (1997)

Product Manager/Advertising Manager, TAGO, Inc., Immunologicals, Burlingame, CA (1983–1985)

Technical Writer, Marketing, Hoefer Scientific Instruments, San Francisco, CA (1979)

Director, Elie Metchnikoff Memorial Library (1977–2005)

Columnist, NCASM Newsletter (1982–2006)

Freelance Medical Editor & Writer (1980; 1986; 1996–1997)

Consultant, marketing communications (1988–1989)

Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1975; Antioch College, West, San Francisco, 1975.

Amazon.com "Top 500 Reviewer":  2009–2019; "Top 1,000 Reviewer": 2019–present: world music, jazz, classical, etc.): Review List 

Music Album Collection [pdf file]    Desert Island Discs/Death Imminent Discs [pdf file]

 Author/Editor of over 60 scientific articles and 5 books [click for detailed list]

            Milestones in Immunology. A historical exploration (1988)

            Freeing the Goose in the Bottle. Discovering Zen through science, understanding science through Zen (1992)

            a collection of clouds. Zen haiku and other poetry (1997) addenda (2000– present) [pdf files]

            Microbial Musings. A history of microbiology (2001)

           Art, Design & The Bibels (2018)




Research Associate (Faculty), Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco (1994–1999) & Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (1981–1983; 1987–1995)

Chief, Bacteriology Laboratory, Dermatology & Captain, US Army Medical Service Corps [1967–1976], Letterman Army Institute of Research,
San Francisco, CA (1972–1979)

Laboratory Manager & Medic, Berkeley Community Clinic/Health Project (1972–1979)


Research: Skin microbial ecology, microbial interactions on skin, environmental influences on microbial populations, role of keratinization in microbial colonization, discovery of sphingosine as normal antimicrobial agent on skin; pharmaceutical and medical device clinical evaluations; lectures on medical history.




US Public Health Service Traineeship (1967–1972); US Army Commendation Medal (1976) and Department of Army Commendation (1978); Evaluator, National Endowment of the Humanities; Institute of Noetic Sciences Consciousness Research Circle (1992–1994); Marquis Who's Who in America (1992–1998; 2010 – present); American Men and Women of Science (1980–present)


Painting since 1970; black & white photography since 1980; Chinese calligraphy since 1990

Teachers: Philip Bibel, Kazuaki Tanahasi. Professional: Advertising graphic design and photography; scholarly scientific illustrations; marketing exhibits; academic poster and slide design; geometric abstractions and hard-edge paintings; photography; Chinese calligraphy


Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Berkeley, CA & Emeryville, CA: 2002–2006 [solo exhibit]

Open Studios: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007; East Bay ProArts 2008 – 2015; East Bay Open Studios 2017

Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA: 2003; 2005 [group show]

New Earth Artist Café, Oakland, CA: 2006 [solo exhibit]

The Quarterly at Latham Square, Oakland, CA]: 5 December 2008 – 15 March 2009 [solo exhibit]

Zeta Gallery Holiday Shows, Lafayette, CA: 4 – 24 December 2009; 1 Jan – 5 March 2010 [group show]

57th Street Gallery / Jazz Club, Oakland, CA: 8 February – 8 May 2012 [group show]

Jazz with Frankye [Kelly] cable TV program & YouTube: February 2012 [featured artist]

Alta Bates Summit Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA:17 November 2012 – 4 January 2013 [group show] 

American Art Collector, 2014 edition, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA  [juried inclusion, page 31]

East Bay Pro Arts 2014 Open Studios Directory cover / publicity poster & advertising [featured artist] 

Calendar 2015, cover & February images: Alta Bates Summit Foundation [group inclusion]

Panorama Gallery @ Panorama Framing, Oakland, CA: 15 July – 31 August 2015 [group show]; 1 September - 31 October, 2015  [solo exhibit]

1337 Gallery / Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA: 4 March – 22 April 2016 [juried group show]

Oxford Elementary School, Berkeley, California, Invited Presentation and Workshop, 26 April 2016.

GearBox Gallery, Oakland, California: 4 – 27 August 2016 [juried group show]

Hayward Art Council Open Juried Show, John O'Lague Galleria, City Hall, Hayward, California: 3 October – 17 November 2016 [juried group show]

Alameda County Art Collection [California]; juried  purchase:

      Assessor's Office,  Alameda Country Administration Building, Oakland; permanent installation, May 2017

Black Faun Gallery, Eureka, CA: 4 – 25 November, 2017 [group show]

2018 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA:  13 April – 20 May 2018 [group show]

Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA:  13 June – 6 July 2019 [juried group show]

1337 Gallery / Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA: 14 June – 26 July 2019 [juried group show]

2020 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA:  10 April – 17 May 2020 [group show]



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