R is for Robot: Automating Drug Screening

Photo by Peter Barta

Duane Currier

In the Chemical Biology and Therapeutics Department at St. Jude, Duane Currier and other scientists in the High-Throughput Bioscience Center use robots to automate the screening of hundreds of thousands of compounds to discover potential new drugs. 

St. Jude patients recently named the newest robot, who now goes by Max. Patients also helped name the hospital’s other robots: Billy, Saver and Widget. Max allows scientists to capture images of cells on multiple channels while keeping the cells alive for long periods of time.  

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