The Baxter Distinguished Lecture

The Baxter Distinguished Lecture was created by Dr. Helen Blau to bring high profile speakers to talk to the scientific community at Stanford about their work. These speakers include numerous Nobel Prize winners. 

Elaine Fuchs, PhD
March 2024

Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The University of Rochester

Stem Cells: Coping with Stress and Learning from Their Experiences

Hans Clevers, MD, PhD
January 2023

Principal Investigator at the Princess Máxima Center, Utrecht; Head of Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) at Roche; Oncode Investigator and Professor, at the University of Utrecht

Organoids to model human diseases

Janet Rossant, PhD
December 2021

Sr. Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus, Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Stem cells, embryos and embryo models

Sally Temple, PhD
January 2021

Scientific Director, Principal Investigator, and Co-Founder Neural Stem Cell Institute
Professor, Biomedical Sciences, SUNY Albany

Retinal pigment epithelial stem cells - from discovery to translaiton

Robert Langer, PhD
January 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States Medal of Science

Biomaterials and biotechnology: from drug delivery systems to tissue engineering

Haifan Lin, PhD
January 2019

Yale Stem Cell Center
Eugene Higgins Professor & Director Yale Stem Cell Institute (2019)

Uniting the genome: multifaceted functions of the piwi-piRNA pathway in the germline

Jennifer Doudna, PhD
February 2018

UC Berkeley
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2018)

CRISPR Biology and biotechnology: what’s next for gene editing

David Baltimore, PhD
February 2017

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (1975)

Understanding the regulatory roles of microRNAs

Eric Olson, PhD
April 2016

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

CRISPR/Cas9 genomic editing and regenerative medicine to correct muscle disease: the future is now

George Church, PhD
January 2015

Harvard Medical School

Radically altering genomes, organs and ecosystems 

Gary Ruvkun, PhD
April 2014

Harvard Medical School
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, 2015

C. elegans surveillance of conserved cellular components to detect and defend pathogen attacks, real or imagined

Nicole Le Douarin, PhD
December 2013

Kyoto Prize, 1986

The neural crest, a source of stem cells, its role in development and evolution of vertebrates 

Phillip Sharp, PhD
March 2013

Koch Institute
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1993

The synthesis and functions of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs

Jonas Frisén, MD, PhD

Karolinksa Institute 

Neural stem cells and neurogenesis in the adult central nervous system

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
March 2009

President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2009

The role of telomeres in cancer and aging

Thomas Cech, PhD
March 2008

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder
President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1989

Telomerase: bipartisan effort by RNA and protein to extend chromosome ends

Eric Kandel, MD
May 2006

Columbia University
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2000

The long and short of long-term memory: molecular mechanisms for perpetuating learning specific growth

Sir John Gurdon, Kt, DPhil, FRS

Cambridge University
Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 2012

Nuclear reprogramming in oocytes as a possible route to cell replacement

Joseph L. Goldstein, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1985

The SREBP pathway: cholesterol homeostasis achieved by regulated intramembrane proteolysis

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