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Philip Beachy

Academic Appointments

  • The Ernest and Amelia Gallo Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor of Developmental Biology

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    Email Tel (650) 723-4521
    Alternate Contact
    Judith Mathews Administrative Assistant Tel Work 650-736-8530


Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (2006 - present)
  • Member, Stanford Cancer Center (2006 - present)

Honors and Awards

  • Keio Medical Science Prize, Keio University, Japan (2011)
  • March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (2008)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2002)
  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, National Academy of Sciences (1998)
  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Maryland Academy of Sciences (1997)

Professional Education

Ph.D.: Stanford University, Biochemistry (1986)
B.S.: Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, Natural Sciences (1979)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My lab studies the function of Hedgehog proteins and other extracellular signals in morphogenesis (pattern formation) and in injury repair and regeneration (pattern maintenance). We study how the distribution of such signals is regulated in tissues, how cells perceive and respond to distinct concentrations of signals, and how such signaling pathways arose in evolution. We also study the normal roles of such signals in stem-cell physiology and their abnormal roles in the formation and expansion of cancer stem cells.






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