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Ronald D. Vale, PhD
Investigator / 1995–Present

Scientific Discipline

Biophysics, Cell Biology

Host Institution

University of California, San Francisco

Current Position

Dr. Vale is also a professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Current Research

Microtubule-Based Motility

Ron Vale studies the molecular motors that power the movement of membranes and chromosomes inside of cells as well as the role of the cytoskeleton in cell division and cell shape.

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Dynein motors moving along microtubules...

Biography

Dr. Vale received a BA degree in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD degree in neuroscience from Stanford University. His postdoctoral studies at the NIH Marine Biological Laboratory were on…

Dr. Vale received a BA degree in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD degree in neuroscience from Stanford University. His postdoctoral studies at the NIH Marine Biological Laboratory were on microtubule-based motors. Dr. Vale's honors include the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Pfizer Award in enzyme chemistry, the Young Investigator Award from the Biophysical Society, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Education

  • BA, biology and chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • PhD, neuroscience, Stanford University

Awards

  • Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, 2012
  • Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences
  • Massry Prize
  • Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, American Chemical Society
  • Young Investigator Award, Biophysical Society
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Memberships

  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • European Molecular Biology Organization
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