Valentina Greco appointed Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics

Valentina Greco
Valentina Greco

Valentina Greco, newly named as the inaugural Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics, focuses her research on understanding fundamental principles that sustain tissue regeneration.

Greco’s lab has recently established the ability to study cellular mechanisms, in real time, within an intact stem cell niche during hair follicle regeneration in live mice. By using the skin as a model system, Greco and her team aim to understand how stem cells and their niches contribute to tissue regeneration and what goes awry during disease states such as cancer.

Originally from Palermo, Italy, Greco earned her B.S. in molecular biology at the University of Palermo. She received her Ph.D. at Heidelberg University (Germany), and completed postdoctoral studies at Rockefeller University in New York City. She has been a professor in the genetics, cell biology, and dermatology departments and a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center and Yale Cancer Center since 2009.

Greco’s work has been published in journals such as Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Science, Cell, Stem Cell Reports, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and others.

She has received numerous awards and honors for research, including the Dermatology Foundation Research Award, the International Society of Stem Cell Research’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research, the Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the HHMI Faculty Scholar Award, the Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, Yale Cancer Center’s Class of ’61 Research Award, and the Yale Graduate Mentor Award in the Natural Sciences.

The Carolyn Walch Slayman Professorship is named in honor of Carolyn Walch Slayman, a pioneering geneticist and Sterling Professor who served on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine for over four decades until her passing in 2016.

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