Valerie Horsley

2008 Regional Award Finalist — Post-Doc

Valerie Horsley

Current Position:
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Yale University (Previously at The Rockefeller University)

Developmental Biology

Recognized for: Defining mechanisms that control stem cell activity in mammalian skin

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise: Skin development and regeneration, stem cell biology


PhD, Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
BS, Biology, Furman University, Greenville, SC

Valerie Horsley studies the mechanisms that control tissue regeneration.  The overall aim of her research has been to understand how the cells within the skin interact to promote wound healing and hair follicle regeneration.  Dr. Horsley's findings provide important insights into how epithelial tissues regenerate and how they used for therapies.

We aim to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control tissue development, homeostasis, and regeneration. “

Key Publications:

  1. J. Goldstein, S. Fletcher, E. Roth, C. Wu, A. Chun, and V. Horsley. Calcineurin/Nfatc1 signaling controls skin stem cell quiescence through systemic hormone regulation by prolactin. Genes and Development. 2014
  2. Schmidt and V. Horsley. Intradermal adipocytes regulate fibroblast function during skin wound healing. Development.  2013
  3. E. Festa, J. Fretz, R. Berry, B. Schmidt, M. Rodeheffer, M. Horowitz and V. Horsley. Adipocyte precursor cells contribute to the skin stem cell niche. Cell. 2011

Other Honors:

2012    Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
2012    Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE)
2010    Pew Scholar Award
2007    K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
2007    Poster Prize Winner- Gordon Research Conference
2007    1st Prize—Rockefeller University Postdoctoral Association Poster Contest
2006    Robert Black Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation