Stanford Bio-X is Always Looking Forward

Stanford Bio-X brings together faculty and students from across all seven schools of Stanford to pursue breakthrough discoveries advancing our understanding of the human body.

Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grants Program - The deadline for the seventh round of the Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grants Program was April 7 - we have received over 140 letters of intent!

Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships 2014 - The deadline for the eleventh annual competition for Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships was March 13 - we have received over 100 applications!

Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program 2014 - The deadline for the ninth annual competition for the Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program was on March 31, 2014 - we have received over 150 applications!

Clark Center @ 10x

The James H. Clark Center

The iconic form of Clark Center embodies the collaborative spirit of Bio-X. Sweeping windows reveal open lab spaces which dissolve the walls between labs, people and ideas. Researchers flow through this nexus that blends traditional departments, schools and areas of study.

Visit our timeline to explore highlights of the achievements of Bio-X.

  • How Beta-Amyloid May Cause Alzheimer's

    A protein fragment known as beta-amyloid, strongly implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, begins destroying synapses before it clumps into plaques that lead to nerve cell death. This discovery suggests that Alzheimer’s disease starts to manifest long before plaque formation becomes evident.

    Bio-X Director

    Carla Shatz (Biology and Neurobiology)

  • knee

    Solving Big Problems with Tiny Prototypes

    Stanford Bio-X fellow Joel Sadler designed an affordable knee joint for amputees that has impacted thousands of lives. His TEDx talk describes that work, and the creative process that leads to big ideas that change people's lives.

    2012/2013 Bio-X Fellow

    Joel Sadler (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Converting Brain Waves Into Music

    Recordings made by electrodes placed inside the brain can offer incredibly rich data of the electrical signals that occur during both normal and seizure states.

    Seed Grant 2012

    Josef Parvizi (Neurology) and Chris Chafe (Music)

  • A Tiny Microscope That Sits on Blood Vessels to Detect Traces of Rare Tumors

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are cancer cells that are shed into the bloodstream by solid tumor masses in a variety of organs; they are often associated with a poor survival rate and may be an important step involved in metastasis.

    Seed grant 2012

    Christopher Contag (Pediatrics), Michale Clarke (Oncology) and Olav Solgaard (Electrical Engineering)

  • A Universal Antiviral

    The most common antiviral tactic involves inhibiting a key process of the virus' biology. Each antiviral, however, is limited to a narrow range of viruses, can quickly develop resistance, and the antivirals are timely and expensive to develop.