Our Team


Renowned scientific heroes David Baltimore and Robert Birgeneau are active champions and advisors on behalf of the Alliance. As the former leaders of the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively, they have decades of experience as university administrators who raised significant funding for basic science, in addition to being active researchers who understand how great basic research is done.

Robert “Tij” Tjian was, until September 2016, president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is currently a faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley. He has provided Alliance members and advisees with his insights, counsel, and experience since the inception of the Alliance in 2012. He represented HHMI on the Alliance¬†board of directors¬†until September 2016.

David Baltimore, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Caltech

Robert Tjian, Ph.D.
Former President, HHMI; Biochemist, UC Berkeley


Valerie Conn
Executive Director

Julie S. Kohrt
Director of Events

Ruby Barcklay
Director of Communications

Elenoa Fuka
Operations Manager

Lana Ha
Executive Assistant