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The 2013 HFSP Nakasone Award goes to Stephen Quake of Stanford University
Date:9/18/2012

xtend to the field of microfluidics and its application to biophysics. Microfluidics, which is essentially miniaturized plumbing, offers the possibility of solving outstanding automation issues in biology and chemistry. Stephen Quake's basic research in this area has led to the development of new biophysical measurement technology and its application to a broad variety of questions. One of his seminal contributions in this field was the development of the first microfluidic large-scale integration, fabricating chips with thousands of mechanical valves, fundamentally redefining the field.

Steven Quake has used this new technology to explore a number of questions of fundamental biophysical interest, such as the development of physics-based approaches to protein crystallization and structural biology, the application of molecular affinity measurements to large-scale mapping of transcription-factor binding properties, and the development of single cell genomics.

Stephen Quake is Professor of Bioengineering and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the James H. Clark Center, Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University, California, USA. His work has been honored in the past by prestigious awards including the 2012 Lemelson-MIT prize.


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