Stanley Falkow: Biography

Stanley Falkow is the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine, at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been on faculty since 1981. Before that he was on the faculty of the University of Washington and Georgetown University.

Falkow received a B.S. degree in Bacteriology from the University of Maine, Orono (1955), and a Ph.D. degree in Biology from Brown University (1961). His laboratory worked on antibiotic resistance mediated by plasmids and transposition in the 1960s and 1970s, and for the past 25 years has explored how bacterial pathogens cause disease.

Dr. Falkow’s honors include the Squibb Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Paul Ehrlich-Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, The Robert Koch Award, the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences and the American Society for Microbiology Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award.

Falkow has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a foreign member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Royal Society of London.

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