Ronald Vale, PhD
Dr. Vale received his PhD in Neurosciences from Stanford University in 1985 and was a faculty member at the University of California from 1986 to 2020. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Janelia Research Campus and the Vice-President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Vale discovered the motor protein “kinesin,” and his laboratory was involved in understanding how motor proteins produce movement using structural and single-molecule approaches. His lab also investigates the cell biological and biochemical mechanism of T-cell and macrophage signaling.
Dr. Vale has received the Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research, the Canada Gairdner Award for Biomedical Research, the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences, the Massry Prize, the Wiley Prize, and the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry. Additionally, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization, and the Indian National Science Academy.