The MSK community is deeply saddened by the untimely death of our esteemed colleague, Alan Hall, on Sunday, May 3, 2015. 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.

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Pictured: Alan Hall

Alan Hall, PhD

Chair, Cell Biology Program, SKI


Research Focus

Cell Biology Program Chair Alan Hall studies Rho and Ras GTPases and the control of cell migration, morphogenesis, and polarity.


PhD, Harvard University

Lab Members

Selected Achievements

  • 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)