Makenna Morck selected for Excellence in Service to Graduate Student Award

Makenna Morck selected for Excellence in Service to Graduate Student Award

Makenna Morck has been selected for a 2018-19 Stanford Biosciences Excellence in Service to Graduate Students Award. This award recognizes students who devote a large amount of time trying to improve the quality of the Stanford graduate student experience. Makenna has provided truly outstanding service on behalf of Stanford Biosciences graduate students. Congratulations, Makenna!

Dan Herschlag receives Stanford Biosciences Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award

Dan Herschlag receives Stanford Biosciences Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award

Dan Herschlag has been selected for the 2018-19 Stanford Biosciences “Excellence in Mentoring and Service Award.”  This honor is given to faculty who make distinguished contributions towards enhancing the quality of training and the mentoring experiences for Stanford Biosciences graduate students. Dan will be formally acknowledged at the School of Medicine Commencement on Saturday June 15, 2019. Congratulations, Dan!

Ellen Yeh is named a PATH Investigator by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Ellen Yeh is named a PATH Investigator by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Ellen Yeh has been named an Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. PATH is a highly competitive award that supports assistant professors who study the interplay between infectious agents and their hosts, shedding light on how both are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry, stimulating higher-risk research that holds potential for significantly advancing understanding of how infectious diseases work and how health is maintained. Congratulations, Ellen!

Four students receive graduate fellowships

Four students receive graduate fellowships

Jackie Carozza of the Li Lab has received the F31 Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NCI. Chris Ritchie of the Li Lab has received a 2019 Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Daniel Moktari of the Herschlag Lab has received a 2019 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H. Lauren Lahey of the Li Lab was selected by the Northern California Chapter of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation as a 2019-20 ARCS Scholar.

Congratulations, Jackie, Chris, Daniel, and Lauren!

Margaux Pinney receives Stanford's Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship

Margaux Pinney receives Stanford's Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship

Margaux Pinney of the Herschlag Lab has received a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship from Stanford University. In announcing the creation of the Lieberman Fellowships in 1993, University President Gerhard Casper described Stanford Professor and Provost Emeritus Lieberman as “a truly remarkable citizen of the university with the strongest academic and institutional values.” The Lieberman Fellowships support outstanding graduate students who embody these ideals and values, and who are becoming the next generation of academic leaders. Congratulations, Margaux!

New approach by Stanford researchers could lead to a lifetime flu vaccine

New approach by Stanford researchers could lead to a lifetime flu vaccine

Another year, another flu vaccine because so far scientists haven’t managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. A new approach that teaches the body to recognize a portion of the virus that stays the same year-to-year could shake up that yearly vaccination ritual and protect people against pandemic flu like the one that killed 40 to 50 million people in 1918. The team working on this new approach, led by Stanford biochemist Peter Kim, has shown early signs that their technique works in lab animals. Read more.

Mystery novel and dream spur key scientific insight into heart defect

Mystery novel and dream spur key scientific insight into heart defect

On Dec. 14, 2014, after many months of not getting expected results, Jim Spudich got into bed, read a chunk of a novel, fell asleep and had a dream that would change the focus of his entire field in thinking about what causes a common and often lethal heart defect. Read more.

An improbable journey: Creativity helped Elizabeth Winzeler make the transition from art to curing malaria

An improbable journey: Creativity helped Elizabeth Winzeler make the transition from art to curing malaria

Elizabeth Winzeler (Former Postdoc, Davis Lab) was awarded the Alice and C. C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology for her contributions to antimalarial drug development. Read more on why having an atypical background can be an advantage by providing a different perspective on a challenge.

Steven Artandi tapped to lead Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI)

Steven Artandi tapped to lead Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI)

A strategic thinker and collaborative physician-scientist, Dr. Artandi’s understanding of the opportunities to develop synergies between the elements of the tripartite mission of excellence in research, patient care, and education make him uniquely qualified to further the SCI’s goal of translating Stanford discoveries into individualized cancer care. Read more.