Stanford Pioneers in Science: Stanley N. Cohen

Stanford Pioneers in Science: Stanley N. Cohen

Please join us this Winter as we continue the Stanford Pioneers in Science series. These events offer the public an opportunity to learn about the scientific contributions and lives of Stanford faculty members who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, National Medals of Science or Technology, and MacArthur Fellowships.

Each event consists of a presentation about the professional accomplishments of the featured scientist, an interview with the scientist, and Q&A with the audience.

This series is your chance to engage with some of the most consequential thinkers of our day—people who have helped to shape the scientific, technological, and economic fabric of our modern world.

The Stanford Pioneers in Science Series for the 2009-2010 year is sponsored by Stanford's Continuing Studies Program and by the Stanford Historical Society.

Stanley N. Cohen, The Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in the School of Medicine

As a boy in New Jersey, Stanley Cohen was interested in atomic physics, but a biology teacher in high school inspired his interest in genetics. He went on to study biology at Rutgers, and received an MD degree at Penn. In 1968, Cohen came to Stanford, and in 1973, he and Herbert Boyer at UCSF invented the technique of DNA cloning, which allowed genes to be transplanted between different biological species. Their discovery was revolutionary, signaling the birth of genetic engineering, and fueling the growth of the entire biotech industry.

Cohen and his team are currently studying mechanisms by which viruses and bacteria exploit genes and genetic pathways of host cells in order to produce disease. His numerous honors and awards include the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the Wolfe Prize in Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and is past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Society of Medical Friends of Wine. He is also quite accomplished on the five-string banjo.

Stanley Cohen will be introduced by his distinguished colleague, Lucy Shapiro, Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research in the School of Medicine, and Director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

Wednesday, March 10

7:30 pm

Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

FREE; no registration required

Open to the public

For more information on the series visit: The Pioneers in Science Events page. (website)

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Date and Time:
 Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  7:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education  [Map]
General Public
Continuing Studies
Free and open to public.
Last Modified:
February 22, 2010