David Van Valen, MD, PhD

2005 Hertz Fellow
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David Van Valen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biology and Bioengineering at Caltech.

Before becoming faculty, he studied mathematics (B.S. 2003) and physics (B.S. 2003) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, applied physics (Ph.D. 2011) at Caltech, medicine (M.D. 2013) at UCLA, and bioengineering as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

At Caltech, his research group develops new technologies at the intersection of imaging, genomics, and machine learning to produce quantitative measurements of living systems with single-cell resolution.

David is the recipient of several awards, including a Hertz Fellowship (2005), a Rita Allen Scholar award (2020), A Pew-Stewart Cancer Research Scholar award (2021), a Heritage Medical Research Investigator award (2021), a Moore Inventor Fellowship (2021), and the NIH New Innovator award (2022).

Graduate Studies

California Institute of Technology
Physics, Biophysics
Case studies in quantitative biology: Biochemistry on a leash and a single-molecule Hershey-Chase experiment

Undergraduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Nov 22, 2022
David Van Valen, Hertz Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Division of Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded the NIH Director's New Innovator Award by the National Institutes of Health.
Jan 30, 2017
David Van Valen talks about the challenges research biologists encounter when working with image segmentation.

Related Events

Apr 27, 2023 - Apr 27, 2023
Innovation Hour
At the April 2023 Hertz Innovation Hour, Hertz Fellows Laura Herlant and David Van Valen provide an in-depth look at artificial intelligence from a spectrum of real world applications