Stanford University is renowned for its beautiful campus, but it wasn’t the lovely foliage or grand architecture that had us inspired the other day. On a recent visit to campus, we spotted odes to our very own application, images from Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA), etched into granite!
A few years ago, Stanford unveiled the Discovery Walk, a series of artistic renderings that pay tribute to important biomedical advances from the past 150 years. These black granite panels cover a row of benches that make up a walkway about the size of a city block. Among the notable advances are an fMRI brain scan, a DNA double helix, and a leukemia cell seen through a microscope.
But the one we’re especially proud of is a depiction of an IPA network derived from gene expression effects from anti-CD3 therapy. Permanently preserved in stone! That’s really cool.
And just around the corner, we found an etching from a different Stanford lab highlighting the role of MYC as a key transcription factor in a cellular network.
To help you locate the Discovery Walk at Stanford University, here is the map:
Next time you happen to be at Stanford, we hope you stop to check it out, take a picture with you in the frame and share it with us! If you have to elbow some people out of the way to get a glimpse, don’t worry about it — it’s probably just the QIAGEN Bioinformatics team gawking at this great honor!