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His grandfather cleaned Stanford labs. Now he’s pursuing his doctorate here.

Daniel José Navarrete
Tracie White
Feb 6 2020
Fellow, Research, Stanford

Daniel José Navarrete, 22, is named after his 94-year-old grandfather, José Prado, the first in the family to migrate from a small town in Mexico to the United States. In the 1950s, his grandfather settled in Redwood City not far from Stanford. As a boy, Daniel Navarrete grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about working as a janitor cleaning the labs of the scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Now, decades later, Daniel is working in the same Stanford labs that his grandfather used to clean. He's a PhD student, studying to become a scientist like those his grandfather admired so much.

Daniel José Navarrete is a 2019 Stanford Graduate Fellow

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