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.
Ron Vale is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His lab combines cell biological and biophysical approaches to understand spatial organization, movement, and signaling within cells. Vale is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a winner of the 2012 Lasker… Continue Reading