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Stephen Quake

Academic Appointments

  • Lee Otterson Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, of Applied Physics and, by courtesy, of Physics

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Professor Quake's interests lie at the nexus of physics, biology and biotechnology. His group pioneered the development of Microfluidic Large Scale Integration (mLSI), demonstrating the first integrated microfluidic devices with thousands of mechanical valves. This technology is helping to pave the way for large scale automation of biology at the nanoliter scale, and he and his students have been exploring applications of lab-on-a-chip technology in functional genomics, genetic analysis, and structural biology. Professor Quake is also active in the field of single molecule biophysics.

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Honors and Awards

  • National Institute of Health Director's Pioneer Award Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2007)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2007)
  • Pioneer of Miniaturization Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, The American Physical Society (2010)
  • Elected Fellow, The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (2007)
  • NIH Director's Pioneer Award, NIH (2004)
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Professional Education

Ph.D.: University of Oxford, Physics (1994)
M.S.: Stanford University, Mathematics (1991)
B.S.: Stanford University, Physics (1991)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Single molecule biophysics, precision force measurement, micro and nano fabrication with soft materials, integrated microfluidics and large scale biological automation.




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