Alan Russell: Master of Serendipity

Out of Patients with Matthew Zachary

Alan Russell: Master of Serendipity

February 15, 2022

Alan Russell: Master of Serendipity

On the show today, I speak with Alan Russell, Vice President of Research at Amgen. He’s got a long list of esteemed creds: He previously served as the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He received the U.S. Army’s Greatest Invention Award, three Carnegie Awards for Excellence, and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Dr. Russell #32 on the “Top 100 People Who Will Change America” list. Despite being a baller of the highest order, Alan Russell talks about the importance of humility, starting his career on the factory floor, and how to master serendipity. He’s not great at doing a southern accent but he has practically mastered everything else. Enjoy the show!

For more information, visit and follow @MatthewZachary, @VaxOnPod, and @OffScripHealth on Twitter. 

See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

Listen on your favorite player

New to Podcasts? It's easy to get started!

You may also like

Top Health Podcasts. Delivered to Your Inbox and Eardrums.

Join Our Newsletter

Proudly supported by:

Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease: Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle Changes Hear from people living with Alzheimer's about lifestyle changes they’ve adopted to continue leading active, social lives.