American microbiologistDied when: 84 years 101 days (1011 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
Stanley "Stan" Falkow (January 24, 1934 – May 5, 2018) was an American microbiologist and a professor of microbiology at Georgetown University, University of Washington, and Stanford University School of Medicine.
Falkow is known as the father of the field of molecular microbial pathogenesis.He formulated molecular Koch's postulates, which have guided the study of the microbial determinants of infectious diseases since the late 1980s.
Falkow spent over 50 years uncovering molecular mechanisms of how bacteria cause disease and how to disarm them.Falkow also was one of the first scientists to investigate antimicrobial resistance, and presented his research extensively to scientific, government, and lay audiences explaining the spread of resistance from one organism to another, now known as horizontal gene transfer, and the implications of this phenomenon on our ability to combat infections in the future.