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David R. Walt, PhD
HHMI Professor / 2006–Present

Scientific Discipline

Chemical Biology

Host Institution

Tufts University

Current Position

David Walt is University Professor and Robinson Professor of Chemistry at Tufts University.

Current Research

Advancing Real-world Research Among Young Scientists

David Walt develops new array technologies and uses them to collect large amounts of data that can be used to understand fundamental aspects of genetics and cell biology. His HHMI project integrated this experience into undergraduate research, teaching, and outreach efforts and will make scientific research accessible to students who would not normally have the opportunity.

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Biography

David R. Walt is University Professor, Robinson Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Genetics, and Professor of Oral Medicine at Tufts University and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr.…

David R. Walt is University Professor, Robinson Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Genetics, and Professor of Oral Medicine at Tufts University and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Walt is the Founding Scientist of Illumina, Inc., and has been a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 1998. Dr. Walt is also the Founding Scientist of Quanterix Corporation and is a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 2007. He has received numerous national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical sensors, arrays, and single molecule detection. Dr. Walt is a co-chair of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Education

  • BS, chemistry, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • PhD, chemical biology, SUNY at Stony Brook

Awards

  • Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest
  • ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, American Chemical Society
  • Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award
  • ACS National Award for Creative Invention, American Chemical Society
  • Herman Bloch Award, University of Chicago
  • Biosensors and Bioelectronic Award
  • National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award
  • 3M Creativity Award
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Memberships

  • National Academy of Engineering
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow
  • National Academy of Inventors, Fellow
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
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