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Valerie Horsley, PhD

Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Associate Professor of Dermatology

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Valerie Horsley, PhD


Valerie Horsley began her scientific training as an undergraduate at Furman University and was awarded her Ph.D. from Emory University. After completing a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in Elaine Fuchs’ laboratory at Rockefeller University, Valerie started her independent laboratory at Yale University in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. Horsley’s lab uses the mouse as a genetic model system to study how adult stem cells within epithelial tissues maintain tissue homeostasis, can contribute to wound healing, and can be a factor in cancer formation. She is now the Maxine F. Singer Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale, has received a number of awards including the Pew Scholar Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Rockefeller University (2008)
  • PhD
    Emory University (2003)
  • BS
    Furman University, Biology (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Alumni AwardEmory University Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences2019
Montagna LectureSociety of Investigative Dermatology2018
Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator AwardGenetics Society of America, American Society of Human Genetics, The Gruber Foundation2012
Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)The President of the United States2012
Maxine F. Singer '57 Endowed Assistant ProfessorYale University2011
Pew Scholar AwardPew Family Trust2010
Blavatnick Award FinalistNew York Academy of Sciences2008

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