Silvana Konermann has accepted our offer to join the department as an assistant professor. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute and a HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow. She will begin at Stanford in October 2019. Welcome, Silvana!
Makenna Morck has been selected for a 2018-19 Stanford Biosciences Excellence in Service to Graduate Students Award. This award recognizes students who devote a large amount of time trying to improve the quality of the Stanford graduate student experience. Makenna has provided truly outstanding service on behalf of Stanford Biosciences graduate students. Congratulations, Makenna!
Dan Herschlag has been selected for the 2018-19 Stanford Biosciences “Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award.” This honor is given to faculty who make distinguished contributions towards enhancing the quality of training and the mentoring experiences for Stanford Biosciences graduate students. Dan will be formally acknowledged at the School of Medicine Commencement on Saturday June 15, 2019. Congratulations, Dan!
Ellen Yeh has been named an Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. PATH is a highly competitive award that supports assistant professors who study the interplay between infectious agents and their hosts, shedding light on how both are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher-risk research that holds potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained. Congratulations, Ellen!
Siggy Nachtergaele, a former member of the Rohatgi Lab, will join the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University as an assistant professor. Congratulations, Siggy!
Jackie Carozza of the Li Lab has received the F31 Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NCI. Chris Ritchie of the Li Lab has received a 2019 Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Daniel Moktari of the Herschlag Lab has received a 2019 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H. Lauren Lahey of the Li Lab was selected by the Northern California Chapter of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation as a 2019-20 ARCS Scholar.
Congratulations, Jackie, Chris, Daniel, and Lauren!
Margaux Pinney of the Herschlag Lab has received a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship from Stanford University. In announcing the creation of the Lieberman Fellowships in 1993, University President Gerhard Casper described Stanford Professor and Provost Emeritus Lieberman as “a truly remarkable citizen of the university with the strongest academic and institutional values.” The Lieberman Fellowships support outstanding graduate students who embody these ideals and values, and who are becoming the next generation of academic leaders. Congratulations, Margaux!
Four Stanford researchers are among the 100 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.
Another year, another flu vaccine because so far scientists haven’t managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. A new approach that teaches the body to recognize a portion of the virus that stays the same year-to-year could shake up that yearly vaccination ritual and protect people against pandemic flu like the one that killed 40 to 50 million people in 1918. The team working on this new approach, led by Stanford biochemist Peter Kim, has shown early signs that their technique works in lab animals. Read more.
Andy Renteria, a first-year biochemistry student, has received a 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Martha Kahlson, a first-year biochemistry student, and Uche Medoh, an incoming first-year biochemistry student, received honorable mention recognition. Congratulations to all!
The NIH has awarded Jennifer Kong of the Rohatgi Lab the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. This award aims to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers complete training and transition to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. Congratulations, Jenn!
On Dec. 14, 2014, after many months of not getting expected results, Jim Spudich got into bed, read a chunk of a novel, fell asleep and had a dream that would change the focus of his entire field in thinking about what causes a common and often lethal heart defect. Read more.
The National Academy of Sciences will honor Sharon Long with the 2019 Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology. The award will be presented on April 28 during the Academy's 156th annual meeting. Read more.
Why a defective gene is tied so strongly to Parkinson’s disease has baffled researchers. Now, a study led by Stanford scientists appears to have pieced together a major part of the puzzle. Read more.
Elizabeth Winzeler (Former Postdoc, Davis Lab) was awarded the Alice and C. C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology for her contributions to antimalarial drug development. Read more on why having an atypical background can be an advantage by providing a different perspective on a challenge.
Peter Kim is one of three recipients of the 2019 Stanford Medicine Alumni Association Award, presented to distinguished alumni for exceptional service to Stanford Medicine and outstanding lifetime contributions to medicine and the biomedical sciences. Read more.
A strategic thinker and collaborative physician-scientist, Dr. Artandi’s understanding of the opportunities to develop synergies between the elements of the tripartite mission of excellence in research, patient care, and education make him uniquely qualified to further the SCI’s goal of translating Stanford discoveries into individualized cancer care. Read more.
Gilbert Chu was elected to the American Physical Society for contributions at the intersection of physics and the life sciences, including PET, electrophoresis, and statistical methods for microarrays, and for discovering and characterizing proteins involved in DNA repair and developing instrumentation for assessing toxicity associated with cancer chemotherapy.
When James Spudich was diagnosed with lung cancer, researchers had a rare, and unexpected, opportunity to study healthy and diseased human tissue at an unprecedented level of detail.
Three Stanford researchers are among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.
CRISPR Screens Uncover Genes that Regulate Target Cell Sensitivity to the Morphogen Sonic Hedgehog