Featured Articles

Each year the Beckman Annual Report includes one or more featured articles. Explore recent articles here.


Beckman Service Centers: Providing the Most Advanced Technologies 

By Sarah C.P. Williams

The ability to explore—it’s a sentiment that’s echoed by every faculty member who uses the Beckman Service Centers. The facilities provide not only equipment and software, but training and support that’s hard to put a price tag on. 


Women Scientists of the Beckman Center

by Anna Azvolinksky

Something these women of science had in common was a desire to be part of what each describes as the collegiate, collaborative, and inquisitive culture at the Beckman Center and Stanford University.


Three Decades of Technology Innovation

by Ashley P. Taylor

Since the founding of the Beckman Center in 1989, scientists and engineers have developed a wealth of technologies for learning about how life works at the levels of cells, molecules, and genes.


Beckman’s Focus on Translational Medicine Yields Benefits for Patients

by Ruth Ann Richter

The goal was to create a new research hub, a rich community of people with backgrounds in science and medicine who could work together toward solutions in a highly collaborative environment.


Beckman Researchers Map Intricacies of Lung Cancer in One of Their Own

by Krista Conger

“I believe that the knowledge we will learn from this study will guide the standard of care for all lungadenocarcinoma patients. It’s a remarkable story.”

—Mark Krasnow, M.D., Ph.D


Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Beckman Center: Deepening our Understanding of Life from Systems to Cells to Molecules

by Krista Conger

It was an unconventional location for a pair of neuroscientists. But Daniel Madison, PhD, and Richard Tsien, PhD set up shop in a building attached to the Stanford Museum of Art. 


Developmental Biology at the Beckman Center: Discovering the Events that Control the Formation of Life

by Krista Conger

The new developmental biology department quickly went from relative anomaly to celebrated powerhouse that solved many of the problems that had plagued the field for decades during the early and mid-1900s.


Major Discoveries and Technological Advances in Biochemistry at the Beckman Center

by Krista Conger

It was a seismic shift in the geographic center of gravity for a relatively new scientific field. In June of 1959, six young researchers  moved from Washington University in St. Louis to create a new department of biochemistry at Stanford.


25 Years of Innovation, Discovery, and Collaboration at the Beckman Center 

by Kirsta Conger

“I see the Beckman Center as a place that is willing to push research boundaries and take the risks necessary to support important research ideas.”

—Lucy Shapiro, Beckman Center Director