Stanford Experts

Stephen Quake

Title:
Professor in the School of Engineering; Professor of Applied Physics; Professor of Bioengineering

Email:
quake@stanford.edu

Website:
https://profiles.stanford.edu/stephen-quake

Description

Stephen Quake is co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. He has invented many measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies that have enabled rapid analysis of the human genome and microfluidic automation that allows scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their genetic code. Quake is also well known for inventing new diagnostic tools, including the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies. His test is rapidly replacing risky invasive approaches such as amniocentesis, and millions of women each year now benefit from this approach. His innovations have helped to radically accelerate the pace of biology and have made medicine safer by replacing invasive biopsies with simple blood tests.