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About Stanford ChEM-H

Stanford ChEM-H stands for chemistry, engineering, and medicine for human health.

Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health

Exploring the chemistry-human biology interface

Stanford ChEM-H is an interdisciplinary institute that bridges Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine to understand life at the molecular level and harness that knowledge to address long-range challenges in Human health. ChEM-H builds on Stanford’s extraordinary talent in the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as its proximity to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to explore the frontier at the interface of the physical sciences and engineering with medicine and human biology.

Training the next generation of molecular scientists

Central to the Stanford ChEM-H mission is the education of a new type of researcher and future scientific leader who is fluent in multiple scientific languages and is equipped to use the tools of engineering to transform our approach to human health. Our undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs prepare our trainees to pioneer new basic science discoveries, develop breakthrough diagnostics and therapeutics, and revolutionize healthcare.

Fostering collaborative and pioneering research programs

The heart of Stanford ChEM-H is its research community—the faculty, staff, and trainees who solve the biggest problems in human health. Our diverse faculty includes our Institute Scholars, hired by the Institute in conjunction with Stanford schools and departments, and affiliated Faculty Fellows. Our researchers and clinicians bridge disciplines, pulling from specialized training in chemistry, engineering, biology, and medicine to form innovative and collaborative research programs.

Accelerating innovation for human health

Stanford ChEM-H is committed to providing resources to encourage collaboration and accelerate discovery and translation. Our Knowledge Centers connect talented staff scientists, tools, and techniques in medicinal chemistry, metabolic chemistry, and macromolecular structure with the researchers who can benefit from them. Seed grants, postdoctoral fellowships, and industry partnerships, among other programs, provide ChEM-H funding to individuals and initiatives pushing the boundaries of human health research.


Baker Family Co-Directors Carolyn Bertozzi and Chaitan Khosla