Valentina Greco, PhD
William Montagna Lecture
Title: Principles of Organ Regeneration Discovered by Live Imaging
Valentina Greco was born in Palermo, Italy and earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Palermo, Italy. She earned her PhD with Suzanne Eaton at the EMBL/MPI-CBG, Germany (1998-2002) and her post-doc with Elaine Fuchs at the Rockefeller University (2003-2009). Dr. Greco is currently the Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology and Dermatology Departments, and a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center and Yale Cancer Center at Yale University (2009-present).
The Greco Lab aims to understand how stem cells and their niche cells contribute to organ regeneration by establishing novel approaches to visualize and manipulate stem cells in a live animal.
This work has provided unprecedented insights into tissue regeneration by answering long-standing but elusive questions that continually advance the fields of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. New concepts established by her group include that the niche regulates stem cell fate and number, stem cells are flexible to environmental demands, differentiation drives self-renewal of stem cells, and homeostatic correction battles the emergence of disease.
Dr. Greco is the recipient of the 2012 American Skin Association Award, 2013 Dermatology Foundation Award, 2014 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research from the American Society of Cell Biology, the 2014 International Society for Stem Cell Research Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the 2015 Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation , the 2015 Mallinckrodt Scholar Award, the 2016 Early Career Award from the American Society of Cell Biology, the 2016 HHMI Faculty Scholar Award, the 2017 Glenn Foundation Award, the 2017 Class of ‘61 Award by the Yale Cancer Center, the 2018 Yale Mentoring Award in the Natural Sciences, the 2019 Yale Genetics Department Mentoring Award, 2019 NIH DP1 Innovator Award and 2019 Yale Post-doctoral Mentoring Award.