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Stanford ChEM-H Building

Stanford ChEM-H will bring together chemists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians to understand life at a chemical level and apply that knowledge to improve human health. The term ChEM-H serves as both shorthand for an emerging interdisciplinary area of chemistry that we seek to foster and an acronym for the fields it encompasses (harnessing Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine to understand and advance Human health). ChEM-H builds on Stanford’s extraordinary talent in the Schools of Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as its proximity to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to explore this new frontier at the interface of chemistry and human biology.

Chemistry has traditionally been a field that delves into the fundamental structure and function of matter at an atomic level. While chemists have made notable contributions to biology in the past century, recent advances that capitalize on the fruits of the human genome project have created an exciting new frontier for chemical study—humans. By leveraging the unique strengths of chemistry, Stanford ChEM-H will add a qualitatively new dimension to our understanding of who we are as a species and as individuals. This new biological focus for chemistry will also drive the engineering of molecules, materials, and measurement tools that help understand humans and treat disease.

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