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I teach biology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley, where I have been on the faculty in molecular and cell biology for more than 30 years. For more than a decade I worked in the clinical treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in San Francisco. And since 2003, I have been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in India, Bhutan, and Nepal. I have doctorates in molecular biology from Caltech and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. My areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychedelics, and expanding the paradigm for a science of mind.

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University of California, Berkeley, Affiliations:
  Department of Neuroscience

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
      Program in Cognitive Science
        Department of Psychology
          UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics

            Berkeley Food Institute
              UCB Academic Senate: Student Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Council,
                  and Divisional Council (2010 to 2016)
                     Bowles Hall Residential College (Board of Directors, since 2014)

                            Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health (since 2012)