Celebrating 40 Years of Service

Marcia M. Bieber

Obstetrics and Gynecology

During her 40 years with Stanford, Dr. Marcia Bieber, a PhD researcher, has dedicated her life to acquiring a better understanding of how diseases, especially those specifically effecting women, manifest, progress and hopefully can be eradicated.  Quiet and self-assured, Marcia has trained many future investigators and physicians in the art of research and worked collaboratively, pressing on in her work passionately and deliberately.  She has over 30 publications, the most recent of which is titled Hedgehog signaling regulates drug sensitivity by targeting ABC transporters ABCB1 and ABCG2 in epithelial ovarian cancer, published in August of 2014 in Molecular Carcinogenesis.  Dr. Bieber’s life work, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the lab of Dr. Nelson Teng for many of those years, is greatly respected and appreciated.  Research, Education, Publications - a lifelong dedication to advancing the care of women, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  

Mary Jane Eaton


Jane is a native of Michigan and was her high school valedictorian. She is a graduate of Albion College and received a Master's in Biology/Cellular Physiology from California State University, Hayward. She also did course work towards a PhD in Human Physiology at UC Davis. She worked in biological research laboratories at the University of Michigan, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and UC Davis prior to coming to Stanford.

Jane began her career at Stanford in 1974, working first in the Department of Dermatology from 1974 to 1992 with Dr. Marvin Karasek, and then in the laboratories of Drs. Roger Warnke and Ronald Levy from 1992 to 1995.

Jane began working in my research lab at the Palo Alto VA in 1995 where she has been ever since. Jane has a broad array of laboratory skills. Her technical work has been consistently excellent for her entire length of service and has been essential for our own and many of our collaborative projects. But that is only a part of the story.

Jane loves to and excels at teaching laboratory techniques and has trained many students and post-doctoral fellows in the lab over the years. She has also served as the laboratory social chair as organizer of lunches and coffee klatches. Jane is also very proud of her grandson, Ashton Eaton, who holds the world record in the decathlon. Jane and her husband Jim witnessed Ashton winning the gold medal in this event at the London 2012 Olympics.

Dr. May Han adds, “Jane needs no introduction and is beyond description; she is an amazing teacher and a most thorough researcher with golden hands, someone who can do immunohistochemistry while doing the jitterbug, and writing the neatest and most comprehensive lab notes; she is a lover of show tunes. I can go on and on....”

Part of the secret of Jane’s longevity may be in the many Stanford Health Improvement Program fitness classes that she’s taken over the years.

Thank you, Jane, for your 40 years of loyal service to Stanford and for your continuing contributions!

Raymond Sobel, MD (Supervisor)