The MSK community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of our esteemed colleague, Alan Hall, on Sunday, May 3. He was an extraordinary scientist, colleague, mentor, and friend. His scientific contributions, the work of the young scientists he trained, and his friendship to all will remain an enduring legacy. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
My laboratory is interested in the role of Rho and Ras family GTPases in regulating animal cell biology. Rho, Rac and Cdc42, three members of the Rho family, each control a signal transduction pathway linking plasma membrane receptors to the assembly of the actin cytoskeleton and associated integrin adhesion complexes.
Alan Hall, PhD
Chair, Cell Biology Program, SKI
Research FocusCell Biology Program Chair Alan Hall studies Rho and Ras GTPases and the control of cell migration, morphogenesis, and polarity.
- PhD, Harvard University
- Ridley AJ, Hall A. The small GTP-binding protein rho regulates the assembly of focal adhesions and actin stress fibers in response to growth factors. Cell. 1992 Aug 7;70(3):389-99.
- Diekmann D, Brill S, Garrett MD, Totty N, Hsuan J, Monfries C, Hall C, Lim L, Hall A. Bcr encodes a GTPase-activating protein for p21rac. Nature. 1991 May 30;351(6325):400-2.
- Honorary Degree (DSc), University of London (2009)
- Canada Gairdner International Award (2006)
- Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2005)
- Fellow, Royal Society (1999)
- Discovery of the the function of Rho GTPases in controlling the actin cytoskeleton (1992)