Department ofBioengineering

Advisory Board Profiles

James A. Spudich

James Spudich is a professor in the departments of biochemistry & developmental biology at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford in 1968 and was a Postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University during 1969-1971. He then joined the faculty at UCSF as an assistant professor in 1971 and became associate professor in 1974. In 1977 he joined the department of structural biology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and served as departmental Chair between 1978-1984 and as Chair of the department of Biochemistry between 1994-1998. He was named the Douglas M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease in 1987.

Professor Spudich was co-founder of the world-famous Bio-X Program at Stanford University, and served as its first Director between 1998-2002. He has published over 200 research articles and has received numerous prestigious awards for his outstanding contributions to research in muscle biophysics and biochemistry, single molecule biology, optical and force microscopy. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) in 1991, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.

He currently serves as editor of Cell and as a monitoring editor of PNAS (USA). He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore, and on the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Curie Institute, Paris. He is also an External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institute für Biochemie in Martinsried bei München and a member of National Center for Biological Sciences Advisory Board, Bangalore between 2000-2008.

Prof. Spudich has delivered numerous named and keynote lectures - a sampling of these lectures include the Pauling Lecture at Stanford University (2009); Carlson Lecture at Johns Hopkins (2008); Eran Karmon Memorial Lecture at UC-Berkeley (2007); Paul Dudley White Lecture at Mass. General Hospital of Harvard University (2001), Keynote Lecture at American Society of Biomechanics (2001), and Mayer Lecture at MIT (1995).