A Great Time to Be in Biology: Steve Quake, StanfordSubmitted by Ayanna Monteverdi on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 10:57
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Steve Quake, PhD, Professor, Bioengineering, Stanford
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Listen (4:45) Bringing physics to biology
Listen (6:28) New technology driving the study of single cells
Listen (4:30) A great time to be in biology
Listen (4:32) Thoughts on privacy and incidental findings
Listen (4:05) What is holding back the adoption of genomic medicine?
Asked about how he comes up with so many inventions, today's guest, Steve Quake, replies that he is "impatient." It's a quick answer that leaves a lasting sting. Last year when Steve won the Lemelsen-MIT award for being such a mad-inventor, Jim Plummer, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, wrote of Steve: “It is important to remember that, at just 43 years old, Steve Quake has introduced a number of inventions, any one of which most people would consider a lifetime achievement — and there’s more to come. The true measure of the man, however, is less in his remarkable productivity, but in the profound reach of his inventions".
Beginning with a discussion about the technology Steve developed and commercialized to drive the study of single cell genomics, our interview continues on into the realm of genomic medicine and and the future of biology. Is Steve a believer that we'll be living to 200 yrs old anytime soon? And what are his thoughts on the issue of incidental findings? Listen to Steve's latest ideas in today's program.
NOTE: Since this interview was taped, Steve was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. http://engineering.stanford.edu/research-profile/quake-elected-national-...