Stephen Quake is a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, the co-chair of the Department of Bioengineering and an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dr. Quake studied physics (BS, 1991) and mathematics (MS, 1991) at Stanford University before earning his doctorate in physics from Oxford University (1994) as a Marshall scholar. He then spent two years as a post-doc in Nobel Laureate Steven Chu's group at Stanford University developing techniques to manipulate single DNA molecules with optical tweezers.
In 1996, Dr. Quake joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, where he rose through the ranks and was ultimately appointed the Thomas and Doris Everhart Professor of Applied Physics and Physics. He moved back to Stanford University in 2004 to help launch a new department in Bioengineering. Dr. Quake's interests lie at the nexus of physics, biology and biotechnology. Throughout his career, he has been active in the field of single molecule biophysics; he has focused on precision measurements on single molecules, and in 2003 his group demonstrated the first proof-of-principle that sequence information could be obtained from single molecules of DNA.
Dr. Quake received "Career" and "First" awards from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health in 1997, was named a Packard Fellow in 1999, was in the inaugural class of NIH Director's Pioneer Awards in 2004, and in 2005 was selected as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His contributions to the development of new biotechnology at the interface between physics and biology have been recognized by MIT Technology Review Magazine, Forbes and Popular Science.