David R. Walt, Ph.D.


David serves as an advisor to Illumina Ventures, an internationally-recognized expert in nanoscience and diagnostics, and has invented numerous transformative technologies that have led to major commercial successes. David has had a highly-successful academic career combined with significant entrepreneurial activity.

Dr. Walt is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard
Medical School and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham
and Women’s Hospital, is a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute at Harvard
University, Associate Member at the Broad Institute, and is a Howard Hughes
Medical Institute Professor. Dr. Walt is co-Director of the Mass General Brigham
Center for COVID Innovation. Dr. Walt is the Scientific Founder of Illumina Inc.,
Quanterix Corp., and has co-founded several other life sciences startups. He has
received numerous national and international awards and honors for his
fundamental and applied work in the field of optical microwell arrays and single


Dr. Walt has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2017
American Chemical Society Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, the
2016 Ralph Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry, the 2014 American Chemical
Society Gustavus John Esselen Award, the 2013 Analytical Chemistry
Spectrochemical Analysis Award, the 2013 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award,
and the 2010 ACS National Award for Creative Invention. He is a member of the U.S.
National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Institute for
Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and is
inducted in the US National Inventors Hall of Fame.

David received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from SUNY at Stony Brook.