Dr. Van Vactor is a Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a member of the Program in Neuroscience and the DFCI/Harvard Cancer Center. In 2007 he became Director of the Graduate Programs in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) in Harvard’s Division of Medical Sciences. He is also Director of Basic Science Partnership (BSP), an educational outreach program for middle and high school children. Dr. Van Vactor received his B.A. in Behavioral Biology at the Johns Hopkins University, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been an instructor for Neurobiology courses at the Marine Biology Laboratories in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a course Director at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, and is co-Director of a new course at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technololgy (OIST). Dr. Van Vactor has been the recipient of a Medical Foundation New Investigator award, as well as Scholar awards from the Klingenstein Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is currently a Partner in Research with Nikon Instruments.
Dr. Van Vactor served as the ULC Board Chair from 2011-2013, and now continues to offer his expertise as a treasured Advisor to the Board.