Chief Scientific Officer at GRAIL, Inc.
Dr. Vikram (Vik) Bajaj is the Head of Precision Medicine and Translational Science at GRAIL, Inc. He is also an Associate Professor (consulting) at the Stanford School of Medicine, an Affiliate Scientist of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, for which he serves on the advisory board of the College of Chemistry. Vik's research interests lie at the interface of the physical sciences, engineering, and the life sciences. For example, he and his collaborators have developed nanotechnology probes for the early detection and molecular imaging of disease, spectroscopic tools for imaging objects on the nanoscale, microfabricated and miniaturized analytical and imaging systems for point of care testing, methods and devices which drama\ tically enhance the sensitivity and specificity of MRI, and new tools for clinical bioinformatics. Aspects of this work have been commercialized through Agenea Sciences and SkinScan, where Vik was a founder or co-founder. Vik holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a principal investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before coming to Google[x]. His scientific and engineering awards include the Anatole Abragam Prize (2012), awarded every three years, the R&D 100 award for the most promising commercialized technologies (in both 2011 and 2013), and the Department of Energy's LBL Innovation Grant (2013). In 2011, he was named as a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (young international scientist competition).