Staff Profiles

Ron Vale, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Ronald D. Vale is Professor of the Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco and is an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Vale received B.A. degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980.  Dr. Vale received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University in 1985 where he trained with Dr. Eric Shooter.  He was a Staff Fellow with the N.I.H. stationed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in 1985-6 and began his faculty appointment at UCSF in 1987.  Vale is active in many educational and community-building activities.  He founded and is the Executive Director of iBiology.Org, which produces talks by leading biologists and makes them freely available on the web.  His laboratory developed MicroManager, a widely used open source and freely available software package for microscopy.   Vale is activate in helping young scientists in India by starting the Young Investigator Meetings, the Bangalore Microscopy Course, and the web site called which provides information on science/jobs/grants/collaborations in India.  He also served as the President of ASCB in 2012.   Dr. Vale received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Shaw Prize and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Sciences, EMBO, and to the Indian National Science Academy.