Valerie Horsley, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Associate Professor of Dermatology

Departments & Organizations

Diabetes Research Center

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Signal Transduction

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Yale Stem Cell Center

Office of Cooperative Research


Valerie Horsley began her scientific training as an undergraduate at Furman University and was awarded her Ph.D. from Emory University. After completing a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in Elaine Fuchs’ laboratory at Rockefeller University, Valerie started her independent laboratory at Yale University in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. Horsley’s lab uses the mouse as a genetic model system to study how adult stem cells within epithelial tissues maintain tissue homeostasis, can contribute to wound healing, and can be a factor in cancer formation. She is now the Maxine F. Singer Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale, has received a number of awards including the Pew Scholar Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award.

Education & Training

PhD Emory University (2003)
BS Furman University, Biology (1998)
Postdoctoral Fellow Rockefeller University

Honors & Recognition

  • Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator AwardGenetics Society of America, American Society of Human Genetics, The Gruber Foundation (2012)

  • Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)The President of the United States (2012)

  • Maxine F. Singer '57 Endowed Assistant ProfessorYale University (2011)

  • Pew Scholar AwardPew Family Trust (2010)

  • Blavatnick Award FinalistNew York Academy of Sciences (2008)

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