Valentina Greco, PhD

Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics

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Years active at Yale: 2009-present

Dr. Greco is being recognized for her accomplishments in research, for mentoring young people, and for advancing women’s rights. Her work has transformed our understanding of tissue regeneration by identifying critical cellular and molecular mechanisms that sustain stem cells through novel imaging methods for tracking and manipulating stem cells in an intact, uninjured mouse. Real time in vivo imaging of skin epithelium has demonstrated that location dictates stem cell fate, that stem cells are dispensable for tissue growth while the niche is required, and that tissue correction preserves homeostasis revealing that our tissues may have innate mechanisms for battling tumors in their earliest stages.