Welcome to the Van Valen Lab

We are a new research group in the Department of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. Our goal is to understand how living systems and their respective viruses process information to understand both their internal state and the world around them.

To that end, our group leverages the latest advances in imaging, machine learning, and genomics to measure the interactions between viruses and their hosts (see Research).

We are grateful for active funding and support from the Curci Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Susan E. Riley Foundation, the Division of Biology and Bioengineering at Caltech, the Gordan and Betty Moore Foundation, the Rothenberg Innovation Initiative at Caltech, the NIH Human BioMolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP), the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and the HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar.


May 9, 2023

Dave is named a Freeman Hrabowski Scholar by the HHMI!

October 4, 2022

Dave receives the New Innovator Award from the NIH.

March 1, 2022

The lab is officially moved into our new space in Broad!

January 14, 2022

Many thanks and well wishes to Will Graf for his numerous contributions as he leaves to pursue new opportunities!

November 18, 2021

The Mesmer paper is published in Nature Biotechnology!

October 12, 2021

Dave is named a Moore Inventor Fellow!

June 15, 2021

First in person lab meeting in over a year!

June 15, 2021

Dave is named a Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research!"

March 2, 2021

Noah and Geneva publish a preprint on whole cell segmentation in tissues with deep learning!

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