Corporate - President - Dr. Mark Schena, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Schena, President of Arrayit Corporation. Photo taken at Arrayit headquarters in July, 1999.
Mark Schena Biography
Mark Schena, Ph.D. is a renowned biochemist whose research interests focuses on microarray technology, genomics, proteomics, genotyping, molecular diagnostics, and gene expression. Dr. Schena and his colleagues at Stanford University published the first paper on microarrays in 1995 (Science 270, 467-470), catalyzing the explosive proliferation of microarray technology at academic and commercial institutions internationally. The 95’ Science paper is the most highly cited paper in the history of Arabidopsis research and a recent article in The Scientist places Dr. Schena at positions 1 and 2 on the “microarray family tree”, confirming his role as the founder of microarray technology and substantiating his Father of Microarray Technology status. More than 100,000 laboratories in 50 countries are using microarrays to explore basic questions in biology, chemistry, agriculture and medicine, and the proliferation of the technology has resulted in 797,000 microarray publications since Dr. Schena’s original 95’ Science paper.
Dr. Schena’s success can be traced to an incomparable scientific pedigree. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Ronald W. Davis in the Department of Biochemistry at the Beckman Center at Stanford University, and earned a Ph.D. with Dr. Keith R. Yamamoto in the Department of Biochemistry at UCSF, graduating first in an exceptional class. Dr. Schena performed his undergraduate thesis work with Dr. Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. in the Biochemistry Department at UC Berkeley, earning a baccalaureate degree with greatest achievement and highest honors in 1984. As a professional scientist, he has authored more than thirty scientific papers and books on subjects ranging from bacteria and yeast to plants and humans, and has campaigned tirelessly with scientists, physicians, federal regulatory agencies, granting agencies, and charitable organizations to promote microarray technology for the betterment of humankind. Dr. Schena edited the first two books on microarrays, DNA Microarrays: A Practical Approach by Oxford University Press, and Microarray Biochip Technology by Eaton Publishing Company, wrote the first microarray textbook Microarray Analysis for J. Wiley & Sons, and the first book on the proteomic applications of microarrays entitled Protein Microarrays by Jones & Bartlett. Dr. Schena has recently completed a new methods book DNA Microarrays-Methods Express for Scion Publishing, and continues to lecture widely, having given more than 120 speeches in 15 countries since 1995. Dr. Schena was featured as one of the “Stars of Genomics” on the NOVA television special Cracking the Code of Life, which received more than 100,000,000 viewers worldwide, and is the most highly funded science documentary in United States history.
In 1997, Dr. Schena founded Mark Schena Inc. to provide educational consulting services to leading organizations including Affymetrix, AlphaGene, ArrayIt, Biodot, Cartesian Technologies, Clontech, diaDexus, General Scanning, Genomic Solutions, GSI Lumonics, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Irell and Manella, Johnson & Johnson, Morrison & Foerster, Motorola, Packard Instruments, Perkins Coie, Roche, Synteni, Technology Mentors, TeleChem International, Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, and others. In 2008, Dr. Schena was promoted to the position of President of Arrayit Corporation. Dr. Schena is married to Ms. Rene Schena, Arrayit’s Chief Executive officer. Dr. and Ms. Schena reside in Los Altos, California.
Figure 1. The First Microarray Experiment. Dr. Mark Schena and his colleagues at Stanford University and Affymetrix performed the first microarray experiment on September 8th, 1994.
Figure 2. The Microarray Family Tree. Dr. Mark Schena and his colleagues at Stanford University hold the number 1 and 2 positions on the Microarray Family Tree, a historiograph of 13 influential papers published in the field of microarray technology. The Schena et al. publication in Science magazine in 1995 represents the first microarray publication.
Figure 4. Arrayit President Dr. Mark Schena (right) with star venture capitalist Dr. Luke Evnin (left) and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse (center) at Emeril’s in New Orleans Louisiana, February, 2002.
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