SID Montagna Lecture
Digging Deep: Secrets of the Dermis
The William Montagna Lecture is given annually at the Society’s Annual Meeting. This award is intended to honor and reward young active investigators. Primary emphasis is given to researches in skin biology.
Valerie Horsley began her scientific training as an undergraduate at Furman University and was awarded her PhD 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.