January 2018

2018 Vallee Visiting Professors

Elena Conti and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz have been named the 2018 Vallee Visiting Professors.

Elena Conti, PhD, is the Director of the Department of Structural Cell Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich.  She has a long-standing interest in eukaryotic RNA degradation.  Degradation is crucial for the maintenance of RNA homeostasis. It modulates the half-life of transcripts in RNA turnover pathways and rapidly eliminates aberrant transcripts in RNA quality-control pathways.   Read more…

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, PhD, is Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Research Campus.  She has pioneered the use of green fluorescent protein technology to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and dynamic interactions of molecules in cells. These approaches have helped to change the conventional 'static' view of protein distribution and function in cells to a more dynamic view that integrates information on protein localization, concentration, diffusion and interactions that are indiscernible from protein sequences and in vitro biochemical experiments alone.  Read more







The Vallee Visiting Professor program fulfills one of the core missions of the Foundation, which is to enable senior scientists to explore new directions, through spending time away from their own laboratories and administrative responsibilities to conduct research, exchange scientific views, and establish or strengthen collaborative relationships with a biomedical research institute anywhere in the world. We welcome our new VVPs to the Vallee Foundation community and look forward to working with them in the years to come.