Vale explains how doing science often follows a winding path with unexpected, sometimes wonderful surprises, and uses his own story to illustrate his point. When Vale was a graduate student, he initially hoped to show that myosin was involved in axonal transport, but ended up discovering a new molecule which he called kinesin.
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About the Speaker
Ron Vale is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has a long-standing interest in intracellular movement and his lab uses many types of microscopy to study this problem. Vale also founded the iBiology program.
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