In Memoriam

Stanford Immunology Remembers

Members of the Stanford Immunology community remember those who have passed away.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.



Elizabeth (Betsy) Mellins, MD, professor of pediatrics (human gene therapy) was a passionate scientist, a strong advocate for our trainees, and was Chair of the Immunology Postdoc Committee. Throughout her scientific career, Betsy had a profound impact on the field of pediatric rheumatology, children with rheumatic diseases, our academic community, and the lives of countless students, residents, fellows, postdocs, and collaborators (1951-2024).

Charles (Chuck) Chan, PhD, an assistant professor of surgery in plastic & reconstructive surgery and valued member of our Immunology and Stem Cell Institute communities. His research focused on BMP signaling in regulation of skeletal stem cell diversity (1975-2024).

Hugh McDevitt, MD, was emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine who unraveled the genetic controls of the immune system (1930-2022).

Shoshana Levy, PhD, a professor of oncology, discovered a family of molecules called tetraspanins, launching a new field of cancer research. She was an active researcher, collaborator and mentor at Stanford Medicine for nearly three decades (1939-2022).

Sam Strober, MD, a professor and former chief of immunology and rheumatology, found a way for transplant recipients to reduce or abandon immunosuppressive drugs yet avoid organ rejection (1940-2022).