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The first authors of the study are former postdoctoral scholars Ashley Powell, PhD, and Amir Talasaz, PhD, and research scientist Haiyu Zhang, PhD. The co-senior author is Ronald Davis, PhD, professor of biochemistry. Other Stanford co-authors include Quake; Marc Coram, PhD, assistant professor of health research and policy; former research scientist Glenn Deng, PhD; Fabian Pease, PhD, emeritus professor of electrical engineering; Michael Mindrinos, PhD, senior research scientist; Shanaz Dairkee, PhD, visiting professor; Melinda Telli, MD, assistant professor of medicine; Ranjana Advani, MD, professor of medicine; Robert Carlson, MD, professor of medicine; Joseph Mollick, MD, PhD, clinical instructor of medicine; Shruti Sheth, MD, clinical instructor of medicine; Allison Kurian, MD, assistant professor of medicine; James Ford, MD, associate professor of medicine and of genetics; and Frank Stockdale, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine. The team also collaborated with researchers at Rutgers University, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Simons Center for Systems Biology in New Jersey.
The MagSweeper is licensed by Stanford to the sequencing company Illumina. Jeffrey, Powell, Talasaz, Mindrinos, Pease and Davis receive royalties for their contributions to the technology; Jeffrey said she donated her royalties to a nonprofit.
The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the California Breast Cancer Research Grants Program Office of the University of California, the John and Marva Warnock Cancer Research Fund and donations from Andrew and Debra Rachleff and Vladimir and Natalie Ermakoff.
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