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Lubert Stryer

Lubert Stryer has died at age 86. He was an emeritus professor of cell biology at Stanford University School of Medicine. His work in spatially addressable parallel chemical synthesis of peptides and oligonucleotides paved the way for DNA microarrays. He was a cofounder of Affymax, which later spun off DNA chip company Affymetrix. He was also the author of a widely used undergraduate biochemistry textbook. Stryer received a BS from the University of Chicago and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of Stanford University as an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry in 1963, became a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University in 1969, and returned to Stanford as head of the department of structural biology in 1976.