Celebrating 40 Years of Service

Marilyn Masek


Stanford Pathology has a strong international reputation in diagnosis and research, and few people have been so instrumental in our collective success for over 40 years of her work with Stanford pathologists than Marilyn Masek.

Marilyn is a native of the Stanford area, a graduate of Woodside High School and the University of California, Riverside. Having formed an interest in biological sciences, she first gained experience in basic aspects of research pathology, microbiology, and oncology at Stanford. Her preeminent “claim to fame” at Stanford was through her collaboration with Dr. Margaret Billingham, the internationally esteemed cardiac pathologist.

During this 19-year association between 1975 and 1994, Marilyn helped introduce the emerging field of diagnostic immunohistochemistry gained through special education in Cambridge, England, that helped establish Stanford Pathology’s leadership position in this technique. Upon Dr. Billingham’s retirement, Marilyn was sought for her reputation in research immunohistochemistry and provided a vital role in projects ranging from cancer research, kidney diseases, hepatitis, and most recently, childhood brain tumors, by which her expertise in immunohistochemistry allowed for the detection of a novel class of stem cells in the brains of young children.

In her career at Stanford, Marilyn has been included as an author in 19 important publications in recognition for her invaluable role in Stanford research, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Pathology and other high-impact journals. Marilyn is also widely recognized for her expertise in electron microscopy and immunoelectron microscopy. Countless patients at Stanford have benefitted by her expertise in laying the groundwork of validation for many late-breaking developments in the immunodiagnosis of cancer.

Marilyn is known by all as a gentle and soft-spoken person whose greatest challenge is in accommodating the ongoing and daily requests for her advice and expertise. She represents a unique blend between the experience of someone with over 40 years of experience and the bright curiosity and drive to embrace new projects as if it were her first day on the job.

Cecele C. Quaintance


Cecele Quaintance began her long career at Stanford in 1966 as a Clinical Nurse in the Intensive Care Nursery.  She became the Clinical Nursing Coordinator/Nurse Manager in the Intensive Care Nursery at Stanford University Hospital in 1970 and served in that role until 1980.

Between 1980-1992, she was the Program Director for the Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program and was responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a program of consultation and education for perinatal care providers in an eight-county geographic area, including over 35 hospitals and clinics, thus bringing the highest quality of neonatal and obstetrical care to the communities around us.  In that role, she has managed large government contracts with the University, supervising large numbers of personnel in a variety of roles at Stanford and throughout the Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program region.

Between 1992-2000, her educational outreach role expanded as she became Director of the Perinatal Programs of the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.  She also was the first Program Manager for the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, a State-wide performance measurement and improvement project which was unique in the United States at its inception, and continues to be a large-scale population-based quality improvement project under the direction of Stanford University, one of the very largest nationally.

From 2001-present, she assumed duties as the Administrative Services Manager in the Department of Pediatrics for the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine and the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.  In 2011, she was also appointed as the administrative director for the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford.

Bach-Hong T. Tran

Institute for Transplantation & Infection

On behalf of the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection (ITI), we honor and congratulate Bach-Hong Tran for her 40 years of service!

It was shortly after the end of the Vietnam war, and just a few weeks after she had left the Vietnamese refugee relocation center in Camp Pendleton, that Bach-Hong made her way to Stanford.  The year was 1975.   She had been sponsored by a benefactor who resided at that time in Palo Alto, CA, and had recommended to Bach-Hong that Stanford University would be a good and stable place to work.  Fortunately for us, she took this advice; and little did she know that she would spend her entire adult career here on the Farm!

Bach-Hong started out as typist in the Economics department.  From there she steadily advanced to hold the position of Department Administrator for the Department of Statistics in the School of Humanities and Sciences, which became a key stepping stone in her career.  Bach-Hong advanced to work in areas of Research Administration for the School of Engineering, Office of Sponsored Research, and most recently in the Research Management Group in the School of Medicine.

The Institute for ITI was most fortunate to be able to recruit her in 2014 for a brand new Research Administrator position.  Never shying away from a challenge, Bach-Hong took on the complex role of handling our NIH opportunities fund management and the Gates center grants, which involved both pre-award and post-award assignments.  She learned the new language of the post-award side of financial management, and adapted quickly and adeptly to the complexities and nuances of Institute finances.  More than that, she is always cheerful and willing to help in any way.  Bach-Hong has an infectious smile and a tremendous breadth of knowledge and experience that makes her a wonderful and valued team member.  We couldn’t manage without her!

In addition to her stellar career, Bach-Hong enjoys Shaolin Kung Fu and also gets up early every morning to practice meditation.  She is truly an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations on your 40 years of service, and thank you for all you do for us!