WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Committee

WRF Postdoctoral Fellows are chosen by an outstanding committee comprising experts in multiple scientific disciplines and assembling strong research teams.

David J. Galas, Ph.D. / Chairman

Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI)

David J. Galas, Ph.D. / Chairman

Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI)

David Galas earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California (Davis-Livermore) and is a Senior Investigator at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute. He has worked in academia, the biotech industry and in government. He was Director for Biological Research at the Department of Energy, heading the DOE’s Human Genome Project, on leave from the University of Southern California where he was Professor of Molecular Biology and chairman. His training was in physics at the University of California. His broad research interests include molecular biology and human genetics, and the understanding of complex biological systems. He is the recipient of several awards including the Smithsonian Institution-Computer World Pioneer award, and has served on many academic and government boards, most recently the Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Medicine and is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Carol Burns, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Carol Burns, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Aimée Dudley, Ph.D.

Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Aimée Dudley, Ph.D.

Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Marcos Frank, Ph.D.

Washington State University

Marcos Frank, Ph.D.

Washington State University

Vince C. Holmberg, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Vince C. Holmberg, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Richard B. Miles, Ph.D.

Princeton University; Texas A&M University

Richard B. Miles, Ph.D.

Princeton University; Texas A&M University

Jasper Rine, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Jasper Rine, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Slichter, Ph.D.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Daniel Slichter, Ph.D.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Lisa Stubbs, Ph.D.

University of Illinois

Lisa Stubbs, Ph.D.

University of Illinois

David Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology

David Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology

David Van Valen is an Assistant Professor in Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT in 2003. In 2011, he earned a doctorate in applied physics from Caltech, where he applied single-molecule techniques to study the life cycle of bacterial viruses. He earned a medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2013. From 2014 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on using machine learning and genomics to empower a new generation of live-cell imaging experiments.

Dr. Van Valen joined Caltech as a visiting associate in 2017 and became an assistant professor of biology and biological engineering in 2018. His group at Caltech studies how living systems and their respective viruses encode and decode information about their internal state and their environment by combining ideas from cell biology and physics with recent advances in imaging, machine learning, and genomics to make novel measurements.

Not pictured:

Jonathan Carlson, Ph.D.
Cyril Engmann, M.D.
J. Nathan Kutz, Ph.D.
Jessica Ray, Ph.D.
Julie Theriot, Ph.D.

Selection Committee Alumni:

Sue Biggins, Ph.D.
Allan Jones, Ph.D.
Peter Lee, Ph.D.

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Eligible Institutions

Eligible Washington state research institutions for the WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship include the following: