Special Event

David J. Galas Tribute Events

David Galas: Leader, Mentor, Friend.

Please join the Galas/Isonaka families to celebrate and honor the life of Hertz Fellow and Chairman Emeritus David John Galas (1944–2023) with stories and science talks.

David John Galas was a visionary scientist, successful entrepreneur and extraordinary leader who worked tirelessly to advance science and the Hertz Foundation’s mission for more than 50 years. The Galas/Isonaka families and Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI), along with honorary hosts, the Hertz Foundation and the Washington Research Foundation, invite you to a weekend of events in remembrance of David John Galas and his contributions to the scientific community.

Please refer to the event details below. RSVPs were due Friday, April 12, 2024. If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact Aleza Stein, Community Program Manager, at aleza@hertzfoundation.org.

Event Details

Celebration of Life and Reception (Main Event)

Hosts: Galas/Isonaka Families and PNRI
Honorary Hosts: The Hertz Foundation and Washington Research Foundation

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024

Location: University of Washington Horticultural Center, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA, 98195
Free parking is available on site.
Link to hotels near the University of Washington
Dress is casual

Detailed Schedule (all times in PT):

NHS Hall

  • 8:45 – 9:30am: Light pastry and coffee
  • 9:30 – 10:00am: Welcome speeches from Jack Faris, PhD, PNRI CEO, Tom Daniel, MD, Washington Research Foundation President & CEO, and Robbee Kosak, The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation President; video montage of David
  • 10:00 – 10:30am: Panel 1: Genome Project: Blazing a New Path
    • Moderator: Lisa Stubbs, PhD
    • Panelists: Ari Patrinos, PhD, Dan Drell, PhD, and Elbert Bramscomb, PhD

15 min break 

  • 10:45am – 11:15amPanel 2: Darwin/KGI/Hertz: Fostering Innovation in Research & Education
    • Moderator: David Finegold, PhD
    • Panelists: Fred Ramsdell, PhD, David Finegold, PhD, Philip Welkhoff, PhD, and Nikita Sakhanenko, PhD

5 min break 

  • 11:20 – 11:30am: Lisa Stubbs, PhD Presentation: Galas Legacy Project
  • 11:30am – 12:05pm: Break/posters/mingling PNRI showcase/Next Generation
    • Poster Presenters:
      • Carvalho Lab: Rituparna Sinha Roy, PhD, and Cliff Lun
      • McLaughlin Lab: Lei Yang, PhD 
      • Stubbs Lab: Eugene Lin, PhD, and Chris Seward, PhD
      • Hagopian Lab: Michael Killian and Claire Crouch – TEDDY study
      • Dudley Lab: Gareth Cromie, PhD, and Anubhav Nahar, PhD
      • Metzger Lab: Michael Metzger, PhD
  • 12:05 – 12:20pm: Aimée Dudley, PhD Presentation 
  • 12:20 – 12:30pm: Audience Q&A with Jack Faris, PhD
  • 12:50 – 1:00pm: Closing remarks from Dave and John Galas

Merrill Commons

  • 1:00 – 3:00pm: Reception with a light lunch

PNRI Lab Tours and Reception (Add-On Event)

Host: PNRI
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024

Location: Pacific Northwest Research Institute, 720 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122

Detailed Schedule (all times in PT):

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Scheduled tours of PNRI's five genetics research labs

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Reception where David’s impact on the institute will be shared

For more information and to sign up for a tour timeslot, please visit the PNRI event page.


The RSVP deadline has passed. Please reach out to Aleza Stein, aleza@hertzfoundation.org if you plan to attend (in-person or online). Thank you!

David Galas Fund for Fellows

To honor David's incredible service to the Hertz Foundation, and to carry on his legacy in perpetuity, we have established the David Galas Fund for Fellows, an endowed fund to support and celebrate Hertz Fellows and deepen their experience through mentorship activities, events and professional development opportunities. For more information about supporting the David Galas Fund for Fellows, please contact Wendy Connors, Chief Development Officer.

About David J. Galas

1968 Hertz Fellow
Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Institute