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Valentina Greco, PhD

Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics

Contact Information

Valentina Greco, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    333 Cedar Street, SHM I Wing 336C

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States



Valentina Greco was born in Palermo, Italy and earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Palermo, Italy (1996). She earned her PhD at the EMBL/MPI-CBG, Germany (1998-2002), her post-doc at the Rockefeller University (2003-2009) and is currently a Professor in the 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 define how tissues maintain themselves throughout the course of our lives in the face of continuous cellular turnover, frequent injuries, and spontaneous mutations. To do so, the Greco lab developed novel tools that integrate imaging of stem cells in their niche in live mice with both genetic and cell biological approaches that empower a better understanding of the complex orchestration of tissue regeneration using the skin as a model system. This has led to a number of discoveries, including but not limited to 1) stem cell position dictates their fate in the hair follicle, 2) a stem cell-mediated phagocytic clearance mechanism regulates the size of the hair follicle stem cell pool and 3) tissue correction preserves skin epithelial homeostasis. These scientific discoveries are driven by the lab's desire to create a stimulating academic environment where the focus is on doing good, collaborative science while promoting inclusivity within the scientific community, prioritizing mentoring of the lab's trainees’ scientific growth, and striving to make science accessible to everyone.

Dr. Greco has been the recipient of many awards over her career, most recently the 2021 International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Momentum Award, the 2019 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2019 Yale Postdoctoral Mentoring Award, the 2018 Yale Graduate Mentor Award in the Natural Sciences, and in 2018 was named the Inaugural Holder of the Carolyn Slayman Endowed Professorship.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral Associate
    Rockefeller University (2009)
  • PhD
    Heidelberg University, Cell & Molecular Biology (2003)
  • BS
    University of Biological Science (1996)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Mid-Career Investigator Award 2021-2022Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)2022
Vice-President/President-Elect/President/Past President of (ISSCR) 2022-2026International Society for Stem Cell Research 2022, 2026
Elected MemberConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)2022
Selected MemberNational Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council (NAMSAC)2021
Momentum AwardInternational Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)2021
Vice-President/President-Elect/President/Past President of (SID) 2022-2026Society of Investigative Dermatology (SID)2021
Montagna LectureshipSociety of Investigative Dermatology (SID)2020
NIH DP Pioneer AwardNIH/NIA2019
Yale Genetics Department Mentoring AwardYale2019
Yale Post-doctoral Mentoring AwardYale2019
Yale Mentoring Award in the Natural Sciences2018
The Inaugural Holder of the Carolyn Slayman Endowed Professorship2018
Glenn Foundation AwardGlenn Foundation for Medical Research2017
Class of ‘61 Award by the Yale Cancer Center2017
HHMI Faculty Scholar Award2017
Early Career AwardASCB2016
Elected Chair/Vice-Chair for the 2019/2017 Gordon Conferences on “Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization”The Gordon Research Conferences2016
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. FoundationEdward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation2015
2014 Outstanding Young Investigator AwardInternational Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 2014
Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award 2015New York Stem Cell Foundation 2014
Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award Dermatology Foundation2012
American Skin Association Award American Skin Association2011

Professional Service

International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)Vice President2022 - Present

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