About Stephen R. Quake's Work
My research is at the nexus of biology, physics and technology development. My group has invented many measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies that have enabled rapid analysis of the human genome and microfluidic automation that allows scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their genetic code. Our lab is also well known for our work inventing new diagnostic tools, including the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies. The test is rapidly replacing risky invasive approaches such as amniocentesis, and millions of women each year now benefit from this approach. Our group’s innovations have helped to radically accelerate the pace of biology and have made medicine safer by replacing invasive biopsies with simple blood tests.
Awards and Achievements
National Academy of Science
National Academy of Engineering
National Academy of Medicine