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In Memoriam Dale Kaiser

Beckman faculty and founding member of Stanford’s Department of Biochemistry, dies at 92.

Using a virus as an experimental system, Kaiser made fundamental discoveries that were instrumental in ushering in the era of recombinant DNA technology, often known as gene splicing. 

Kaiser worked six days a week throughout his 61 years at Stanford, said Beckman Director Lucy Shapiro. "He would walk daily from his home on campus to his office in Beckman Center until just a year or so ago ... Dale had a razor-sharp mind and avid curiosity about the natural world,” she said, “There was no way to turn his brain off. Everybody who knew him looked up to him, confided in him.”

In Memoriam David Hogness

David Hogness, a biochemist whose work was foundational to the fields of developmental biology and genomics, died Dec. 24 at 94.

A new cell imaging technology helps researchers investigate biological processes

Stanford has introduced a new investigative tool to help researchers visualize and study biological processes through the use of microscopy and molecular probe technologies. 

Home videos of children can be scored to diagnose autism

Algorithms generated through machine learning can sort through observations of children’s behavior in short home videos to determine if the children have autism, a Stanford study has shown.

Stanford’s Cell Sciences Imaging Facility 

How Do You See the Inner Working of a Cancer Cell?

Inside a tumor, molecules zip from place to place, and cluster in unusual areas, helping cancer cells multiply at a speedy pace. To stop tumors from growing, scientists often must aim to put the brakes on these molecules. Doing so requires visualizing the molecules and cells in the first place.

The Cell’s Integrated Circuit: A Profile of Lucy Shapiro

Shapiro helped to found the field of systems biology.

Although Lucy Shapiro had taken piano lessons since she was four years old, as a youngster she had no illusions about a career as a musician. But she wanted desperately to go to the High School of Music and Art in Harlem in New York City, rather than her local Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, from which only a few students continued on to college.

Google Glass helps kids with autism read facial expressions – August 2, 2018

Wearing a device that identifies other people’s facial expressions can help children with autism develop better social skills, a Stanford pilot study has demonstrated.

Announcements from Beckman Center

Beckman Center Secures $1-Million Grant for Cutting-Edge Lattice Light Sheet Microscope

The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine will soon be home to a pioneering imaging technology that allows researchers to observe and document living cells in as close to real time as possible.

Beckman Center Awards Seed Funding to Five Projects

Innovative Technology Seed Grants

Stanford, CA — November 6, 2018 — The Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine recently awarded over $1 million over a two-year period in Technology Development Seed Grants to five teams of investigators.