Beckman Center for Molecular & Genetic Medicine
About the Institute
Nobel Laureate Paul Berg sought to establish a center at Stanford University that would integrate the basic, clinical, and applied sciences so that the rapid advancements taking place in the fields of molecular biology and genetics might become more readily available to clinical scientists, and thus hasten the translation of scientific discovery into new medical technologies and clinical applications. In collaboration with Dr. Arnold Beckman, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford was opened in 1989. The Beckman Center, housing three academic departments and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has a world-class faculty of research scientists that includes four Nobel laureates, twenty-four members of the National Academy of Sciences, and eighteen Howard Hughes Medical Investigators. The Beckman Center plays a central role in the School of Medicine’s strategic plan to integrate the basic, applied, and clinical sciences at all levels of education and research. With the completion of the Human Genome Project and the advent of novel imaging technologies, the Beckman Center continues to influence scientific research through its support of key alliances and innovative programs.