Staff Profiles

Rick Horwitz, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Rick Horwitz is the Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Cell Science. He came to the Allen Institute from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was a University Professor, the Harrison Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology, Director of the Cell Migration Consortium, and Associate Vice President for Research. In his latter role, he led the planning for a new Data Science Institute. Previously, he was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he chaired the undergraduate Biophysics Program and the Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He then served as Head of a nascent Cell and Developmental Biology Department at the University of Illinois.

Rick earned his B.A. with honors (chemistry (math)) in the Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Stanford University, working in the area of chemical physics. He did postdoctoral research in magnetic resonance at the Laboratory for Chemical Biodynamics at UC Berkeley.

Rick is a pioneer fields of cell adhesion and migration and has made important contributions to quantitative live cell imaging. His research impacts many biological processes, therapeutic strategies, and diseases, including cancer, neurogenesis, inflammation, and tissue regeneration and repair. He has been active in grant and program review through service on numerous agency strategic planning and advisory committees, including the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the NIH Council of Councils. He has also organized many international meetings, delivered keynote lectures and symposia, and served an editorial board member or associate editor for the major journals in cell biology, developmental biology, and biophysics.