AuraSense Therapeutics is pleased to announce the election of Dr. David R. Walt to its Board of Managers. David R. Walt is Robinson Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Walt served as the Chemistry Department Chairman at Tufts from 1989 to 1996. His laboratory is renowned for its pioneering work that applies micro- and nano-technology to urgent biological problems such as the analysis of genetic variation and the behavior of single cells, single molecule detection, as well as the practical application of arrays for diagnostics and the detection of explosives, chemical and biological warfare agents, and food and waterborne pathogens.
Dr. Walt is the Founding Scientist of Illumina, Inc. and has been a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 1998. He is also the Founding Scientist of Quanterix Corporation and is a Director and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board since 2007. Dr. Walt serves on many government advisory panels and boards and serves on the editorial advisory board for numerous journals. He is a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Academy of Sciences. From 1996 to 2003, he served as the Executive Editor of Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. He has published over 250 papers and holds over 60 patents. He has received numerous national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical sensors and arrays including the American Chemical Society's 2010 National Award for Creative Invention. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from SUNY at Stony Brook.