David Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology


2021 Moore Inventor Fellow

David Van Valen, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Description

David Van Valen studies how living systems and the viruses that infect them process information. His invention, deep learning-enabled optical barcodes, aims to make genetic variations in cells identifiable with imaging. If successful, his invention will dramatically increase the speed and scale at which we can connect genes with behaviors at the cellular level.


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Ph.D., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
M.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.S., Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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