At Stanford Discovery Walk, IPA for Posterity

Stanford Discovery Walk, IPA in Posterity!

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.

Stanford Discovery Walk, IPA in Posterity!

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.

Stanford Discovery Walk, IPA in Posterity!

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!