David Van Valen is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University. He
received a BS in mathematics and physics in 2003 from MIT, his PhD in applied physics
from Caltech in 2011, and his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at
UCLA in 2013. David’s past research projects have explored how living systems
process and transfer information.
David’s work has demonstrated how signaling proteins can use
flexible chains of amino acids to modulate how they respond to chemical
stimuli. He also has applied single-molecule techniques to the study of
bacterial viruses. In particular, he developed a single-molecule Hershey-Chase
experiment, enabling the first visualization of single viruses infecting single
bacterial cells in real time.
David is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Johns
Hopkins Mathematics Talent Search, Honors at the National Chemistry Olympiad,
an NIH MSTP Fellowship, and the Fannie and John Hertz Yaser Abu-Mostafa
Graduate Fellowship. When not busy with his studies, David enjoys spending time
with family and friends, reading various works of literature, and the martial