Samara Reck-Peterson, University of California San Diego, USA
Dr. Reck-Peterson

Dr. Reck-Peterson received her Ph.D. from the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University and did postdoctoral research at the University of California San Francisco with Ron Vale. She joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 2007, where she was an Assistant and then Associate professor of Cell Biology. She was the Associate Director of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Harvard Medical School. She joined the University of California San Diego faculty in 2015 and became an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2018. She was involved in establishing the Nikon Imaging Center at UC San Diego and now serves as its Faculty Director. Her research focuses on the molecular basis of intracellular transport, in particular how the molecular motor “dynein” works and is regulated. Dr. Reck-Peterson was the recipient of an NIH New Innovator Award in 2008, a Rita Allen and Milton Cassel Scholar award in 2009, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Simons Faculty Scholar award in 2016. Dr. Reck-Peterson is on the editorial boards of the journals eLife and Journal of Cell Biology. She was the Chair of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Cytoskeletal Motors and the Program Chair for the 2018 American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)|European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) joint annual meeting.

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