Seminars & Symposia

The Beckman Center has become a vital source of support for faculty leaders seeking to promote broad-based scientific interaction and training.

The Beckman Center has provided funding for a variety of seminar series, conferences, and symposia, such as those listed below, that are primarily interdisciplinary in nature:

Beckman Symposium

The next Beckman Symposium, scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018, will explore will explore the topic of technology innovation and the human genome.  Recent breakthroughs in genomic technologies have yielded new and unexpected understanding of basic cell functions and what goes wrong in a disease process. Further, these technologies have opened up entirely new diagnostic approaches based on the ability to sequence minute amounts of DNA in blood, thus allowing the direct detection of human organ transplant rejection, fetal chromosome complement, and mutations associated with cancer and neurological syndromes. More information about this exciting event will be posted to the Beckman Center website later in the year.

Frontiers in Biological Research Series

Support for the Frontiers in Biological Research Seminar Series spans several basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The series is designed to present and discuss cutting-edge research involving interdisciplinary approaches to bioscience and biotechnology. Leading investigators from Stanford and throughout the world present a broad set of scientific and technical themes related to interdisciplinary approaches to important issues in bioengineering, medicine, and the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The series also gives students the opportunity to meet informally with seminar speakers to discuss their research and future directions. Support for the Frontiers in Biological Research Seminar Series spans several basic science departments in the School of Medicine.

Frontiers in Integrative Microbial Biology Series

This seminar series focuses on the integration and interplay between physiological, ecological, evolutionary and geochemical processes that constitute, cause, and maintain microbial diversity.

For more information, contact Alfred Spormann, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering, spormann@stanford.edu.

Cancer and Tumor Biology Seminar Series

This series is held throughout the academic year and features guest lecturers from Stanford and peer institutions who discuss the molecular, genetic, cellular, and pathobiological aspects of cancer, as well as the current state of clinical diagnosis and treatment of human cancers.

Topics in Biosecurity Seminar Series

These seminars concern how the national, state,  and local biosecurity and bioterrorism response  can be improved, how the medical/healthcare field, government and the technology sectors are involved in biosecurity and bioterrorism response, how these sectors interface, and the multidisciplinary  challenges involved.

For more information contact Milana Boukhman Trounce, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, milanab@stanford.edu.

Regenerative Medicine Seminar Series

The Beckman Center, Bio-X and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine jointly sponsors these seminars that meet weekly on Thursdays throughout the academic year. The seminars bring students, post-docs, faculty and trainees together from Bioengineering, Engineering, the Medical School and the Biological Sciences to hear about and discuss  work in progress. It has been a tremendous help in making the Stanford research community aware of the broad range of research going on in regenerative medicine on campus.