Stanford Report, December 6, 2000
BY JOYCE THOMAS
Appointments and promotions approved at the Advisory Board meeting in October include the following two School of Medicine faculty members.
Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD, was promoted to professor of biochemistry effective October 2000. He received his PhD in biochemistry in 1980 and his MD in 1982, both from the University of Chicago. His postdoctoral work included a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He joined Stanford in 1988 as an assistant professor of pediatrics and of biochemistry and assistant investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 1995 Brown became an associate professor, with tenure, and in 1997 he was appointed associate investigator with HHMI.
In particular, his research focuses on the use of DNA microarrays he developed to survey the gene expression patterns in thousands of samples of human cells and tissues under diverse conditions. He devised a way to isolate all RNA molecules from a cell or sample of tissue, label them with fluorescent dye and allow them to bind to the DNA microarray. Brown is now working on an antibody microarray to follow cellular protein expression in the same detail as gene expression. He received the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine (1998) and the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology (2000).
Barbara Koenig, PhD, was appointed associate professor of medicine (research) effective September 2000 through August 2006. She received a PhD in medical anthropology in 1988 from University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley. She served at UCSF as research associate, Institute of Health Policy Studies, Medical Ethics Division of the Department of Medicine, and as adjunct lecturer and later as an assistant adjunct professor, Medical Anthropology Division, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Koenig joined Stanford in 1993 as a senior research scholar and executive director of the School of Medicine's Center for Biomedical Ethics. Since 1995 she has co-directed the Program in Genomics, Ethics and Society. She became an acting associate professor in 1999.
Her research focuses on current topics in medical ethics, including anthropology of health and illness, issues related to biomedical ethics, and social and cultural analysis of science, technology and biomedicine. She is an associate with the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and the Center for Health Policy at Stanford, and a member of the Human Subjects Review Committee of the Northern California Cancer Center.