Nobel laureate Barry Marshall is a clinical professor of microbiology at the University of Western Australia and founder and executive director of Sydney-based biotechnology company Ondek. He shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with J. Robin Warren for their discovery of a bacterium linked to gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Prof. Marshall famously downed a cultured form of this bacterium to test its effect on humans, making himself a guinea pig in his own experiments. The Perth-based scientist spoke with the Journal about what makes a perfect in-flight hand towel and offered a wry observation about gift-giving.
I aim to do six trips a year. Out of that, I do one to Europe, one to the U.S. and four to China or [other parts of] Asia. I’ve probably done 10 [last] year and that’s too many. I do trips to Sydney and Melbourne two to three times a year as well.