About Beaker


Beaker is a science blog, updated frequently to highlight interesting research, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and our supporters. We welcome your comments, so please join the discussion. (Please note that comments electronically submitted to the blog will be moderated before publication. We reserve the right to withhold comments that are deemed inappropriate or off-topic.)

Got an idea for Beaker? Email Patrick Bartosch at pbartosch@sanfordburnham.org. You can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, too.


Beaker won “Best Blog” in the PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards 2013.

Beaker won “Honorable Mention” in the Best Blog category of the PR Daily’s Digital PR & Social Media Awards 2012.

In 2010, Beaker received a HAL Medical Blog Award, which noted: “The Beaker blog from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute provides a seasoned look into many current topics in health and medicine, like obesity research. The institute is dedicated to finding the molecular causes of diseases, and posts on the blog are like a guided tour through their research and work.  Thorough and rigorous while maintaining a sense of good spirit and optimism.”

San Diego’s North County Times says Beaker is worth checking out because it “offers behind-the-scenes look at the science and people of Sanford-Burnham.”


Patrick Bartosch
Manager, Communications


Rhiannon Bruni
Senior Communications Specialist

Kate Callen
Freelance Writer

Susan Gammon
Associate Director, Communications

Bruce Lieberman
Freelance Writer

Deborah Robison
Vice President, Communications

Mariacristina Rolon
Senior Administrative Assistant

Production staff

James Short
Director, Digital Communications and Design

Technical support

David Huhta
Unix Systems Administrator, IT

Josh Sitton
Web Developer, IT

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Sanford-Burnham takes a collaborative approach to medical research with major programs in cancer, neurodegeneration and stem cells, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. The Institute is recognized for its National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and expertise in drug discovery technologies. Sanford-Burnham is a nonprofit, independent institute that employs more than 1,000 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), Calif., and Orlando (Lake Nona), Fla. For more information, visit us at sanfordburnham.org.