Creating a State Space of Stem Cell Signatures
Allen Insitute for Cell Science
April 18, 2019
Executive Director, PhD
“Alan “Rick” Horwitz is the inaugural Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle. The mission of the institute is to conjoin genome-editing, live cell imaging, genomics, deep learning and computation to create a human stem cell state space and elucidate the mechanisms of state transitions. Rick earned his BA with honors (chemistry (math)) in the Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin, received his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Stanford, and did post-doctoral research at UC Berkeley (NMR). He has held faculty positions at UPenn, where he chaired the undergraduate Biophysics Program and served as the Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, the University of Illinois, where he was the Head of a newly created cell and developmental biology department and PI of an NIGMS Cell and Molecular Biology Training grant, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was Harrison Distinguished Professor, University Professor, Director of the Cell Migration Consortium, a large scale, international, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and Associate Vice President for Biosciences, where he led the planning for its new Data Science Institute.
Rick is a pioneer in the fields of cell adhesion and migration and has also made important contributions to quantitative live cell imaging and synapse formation in the CNS. His research impacts many biological processes, therapeutic strategies, and diseases, including cancer, neurogenesis, inflammation, and tissue regeneration and repair. He has been active in grant and program review through service on study sections and institutional, NIH, and agency strategic planning and advisory committees both here and in Europe. He has served in editorial capacities for the major journals in his field, on the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Advisory Council of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and most recently on the NIH’s Council of Councils.”