Juan Del Valle was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Carleton College in 1999. While in college, he was an REU fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Bradley Anderson in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. He then entered the graduate program at UC San Diego to pursue the synthesis biologically active peptides and peptidomimetics under the supervision of Professor Murray Goodman. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2004, Juan began a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Stephen Hanessian at the University of Montreal. His research there centered on the total synthesis of non-ribosomal peptide and alkaloid natural products. In 2006, Juan began his independent career at New Mexico State University and moved his laboratory to the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida in 2009. In 2015, he was promoted to Associate Professor at USF. After a decade in Florida, Juan accepted a position as the William K. Warren Family Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. His laboratory's research interests lie at the interface of organic synthesis, chemical biology, and drug discovery.