Board Member: 2016 - Present
Dr. Fraser is a world leader in imaging the molecular signals, cell motions, and tissue morphogenesis involved in embryogenesis and other complex events. At Caltech, he founded the Biological Imaging Center (BIC) in the Beckman Institute. The center brings together biologists, engineers and chemists to build new technologies for imaging biological structures and function. Projects at the center address questions ranging from embryonic development to neuroscience. In each of the BIC’s varied research focuses, the common theme is the use of advanced imaging tools to follow events as they take place inside an intact organism.
Dr. Fraser’s work at Caltech was founded on the idea that if scientists can watch development or watch any complex event as it is happening, they can better understand the key interactions and events in a single specimen over time. He has since taken up a Provost Professorship position at University of Southern California (USC) in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, and Viterbi School of Engineering. He remains active in interdisciplinary research and serves as the Director of Science Initiatives for the USC campuses.