Researching translational medicine where you can bump into Zuckerberg, Gates and dozens of Nobel Prize laureates (Episode 66)


This story is featured in Episode 66

What is it like to work at one of the top universities in the world – the famous Stanford University in California? The univeristy was founded 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon. The school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducationaland non-denominational institution.

The main quadrangle of Stanford University with Memorial Church in the center background from across the grass covered Oval (Wikipedia)

Few people of Polish origin work at this spectacular university. Joanna Liliental is the senior research scientist in this “melting pot of cultures and brilliant minds, a unique incubator for Silicon Valley”.

I’ve known Joanna for many years but in May 2019 I had a great pleasure to meet with her at her gorgeous university. She showed me the campus, including a most impressive cactus garden. Joanna loves nature and is a brilliant photographer. The photos are mine (hers would be a lot better!):  

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Joanna Liliental is Director at the Translational Applications Service Center and Associate Director at the Translational Research and Applied Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM)

The Translational Research and Applied Medicine (TRAM) Center is designed to focus on removing barriers and communication gaps between scientists and the clinicians. TRAM’s initiatives include research facilities and pilot grants that support translational projects of faculty, clinical fellows and students. The Center also fosters education by organizing a series of seminars, workshops, symposia and an annual retreat. The Center is interested in all phases of translational research, as well as both directions of translation (from bench to bedside and from bedside to bench) and also in the extension to the population level.

TRAM Facebook page:  TRAM – Translational Research and Applied Medicine Program at Stanford

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Translational Applications Service Center (TASC)

Translational Applications Service Center (TASC) facility in the Department of Medicine is a fee-for-service research laboratory serving the Stanford University scientific community, as well as outside investigators. It offers a variety of analytical services, technical and scientific consulting and training, as well as pay-per-use research equipment, which allow investigators shared access to technologies that support innovative research in translational medicine.

“A service center to help you do your research” – an article about TASC


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