Lucy Shapiro medals in science

President Obama presenting Lucy Shapiro with the National Medical of ScienceRyan K. Morris / National Science & Technology Medals Foundation

President Barack Obama presented Lucy Shapiro, PhD, the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor at the medical school and director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, with a National Medal of Science on Feb. 1 at the White House. The Stanford developmental biologist was one of 12 recipients of the award for 2012. Her research helped launch the field of systems biology and has led to the development of novel antibacterial and antifungal drugs.

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