Randall T. Moon received his B.A. degree in Biology at New College, Sarasota, FL, and his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Washington. After completing his postdoctoral work in molecular biology at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington. He is presently an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, as well as the William and Marilyn Conner Chair, and Founding Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. His academic research focuses on the functions and mechanisms of action of Wnt signal transduction pathways during embryonic development and in human disease. He is also a co-founder of Fate Therapeutics, located in San Diego.