Faculty Advisors & Contact Information

All undergraduates, including entering freshmen (who should also meet with their college advisor), should consult one of the MB&B Faculty Advisors assigned to their class for further information, advice, and for signing their course schedules. There is no need for the DUS to sign your course schedule. Please consult the list of faculty advisors below.

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)

Karla Neugebauer
(email to MBBUndergrad@yale.edu
SHM C-123 (203-785-3322) 

DUS Registrar

Elizabeth Vellali
(email to MBBUndergrad@yale.edu
SHM CE-26A (203-737-2060) 

Majors Accepted to the B.S./M.S. Program

Karla Neugebauer
(email to MBBUndergrad@yale.edu
SHM C-123 (203-785-3322)

Faculty Advisors for Each Class Year

2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

Class of 2018

Karla Neugebauer
C123 SHM (203-785-3322)


Karla Neugebauer obtained her BS in Biology at Cornell University and her PhD in Neuroscience from University of California at San Francisco. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer 3 Research Center, she developed an unreasonable obsession with RNA, becoming fascinated by two problems: 1) how are RNA processing and transcription coordinated in space and time in living cells? and 2) how does RNA participate in the architecture of eukaryotic cells? Techniques are molecular biology, cell biology, imaging, bioinformatics, genomics. She pursued these questions since 2001 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology in Dresden, Germany, where she was Vice-Dean of the graduate school. She joined the Yale MB&B faculty in 2013. Visit her lab web page.

Professor Neugebauer is on leave Spring 2018, and Professor Michael Koelle will serve as advisor for her advisees.  Please email michael.koelle@yale.edu  to schedule an appointment.

Julien Berro

Bass 230 (Science Hill) (203-737-3285)


Professor Berro is on leave 2017-2018, and Professor Lynne Regan will serve as advisor for his advisees.  To schedule an appointment with professor Lynne Regan, contact her assistant Lisa Adams ([203] 432-5708)

Professor Berro studied Applied Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Physics at Ecole National Chimie Physique Biology in Paris, France and at the Institute National Polytechnique in Grenoble, France. He got his PhD in Mathematical Modeling in Biology at Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. He did his post-doctoral research at Yale University. His lab combines experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to understand how forces are produced in the cell, especially during endocytosis. Visit his lab webpage.

Class of 2019

Joe Howard  
334A Bass (203-432-7245)


Professor Howard is on leave Spring 2018, and Professor Dieter Söll will serve as advisor for his advisees.  Please email dieter.soll@yale.edu and copy ava.artaiz@yale.edu to schedule an appointment.

Joe Howard studied Mathematics (B.Sc., 1979) and Neurobiology (Ph.D 1983) at the Australian National University. His interest in mechanics at the cellular and molecular scale began during postdoctoral studies in Bristol, UK and San Francisco (hair cells and hearing) and continued as a Professor at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle (motor proteins) and as Director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in Dresden, Germany (cytoskeletal systems). Joe’s research combines theory and experiment. He joined the Yale MB&B faculty in 2013 and holds a secondary appointment in Physics. Visit his lab webpage.

Christian Schlieker
236A BASS (203-432-5035)


Christian Schlieker majored in Genetics and Biochemistry at the University of Bonn, earned his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 2004 and worked as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/MIT. He joined the Yale faculty in 2009 and is now an Associate Professor in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, where he investigates molecular mechanisms underlying nuclear envelopathies, using biochemical, cell biological and biophysical/structural methods.  Click here to visit his lab web page.

Class of 2020

Enrique De La Cruz
336A BASS (203-432-5424)


Enrique M. De La Cruz, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He is a first generation Cuban-American who was raised in Newark, NJ. Dr. De La Cruz earned his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) with Dr. Thomas D. Pollard at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Dr. H. Lee Sweeney and E. Michael Ostap at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. De La Cruz has published extensively in the areas of actin and myosin regulation, RNA helicases, and signaling enzymes, for which he has received a number of awards and honors. Click here to visit his lab web page.

Patrick Sung  
SHM C-130A (203-785-4553)


Patrick Sung studied Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool and earned his DPhil from Oxford University. He received postdoctoral training in Biochemistry and Genetics at the University of Rochester, joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as Assistant Professor in 1993, and relocated to the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio as Associate Professor in 1997. He was appointed Full Professor in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale in 2003, and served as Department Chair between 2009 and 2015. His research focuses on the mechanism of DNA break repair in yeast and human cells. Visit his lab webpage.

Class of 2021

Wendy Gilbert
C127 SHM (203-785-4857)


Wendy Gilbert studied Molecular Biology at Princeton (AB 1994) and Biochemistry at UCSF (PhD 2004). After postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley, she joined the faculty at MIT (2008). In 2017 she moved to Yale as an Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Wendy is passionate about RNA Biology and about increasing diversity and inclusiveness in STEM fields. Wendy’s lab combines systems approaches, molecular genetics, and biochemistry to understand post-transcriptional gene regulation in eukaryotic cells.

Mark Solomon
218 BASS (203-436-9053)


Mark Solomon is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University.  The long range goal of our lab is to understand biochemically how cell growth and division are regulated by checkpoints within the cell and by controls imposed from the surrounding tissues. The cyclin-dependent protein kinases (CDKs), whose activities are required for cell cycle transitions, are regulated via multiple mechanisms including specific association with a cyclin, multiple phosphorylations (both positive- and negative-acting), sensing of a threshold, and at least two feedback loops that combine to produce the precise and abrupt activation of protein kinase activity necessary for accurate cell cycle transitions. We study the protein kinases, phosphatases, and regulatory proteins that control CDKs. We also study the ubiquitin-mediated degradation of cyclins and other mitotic proteins and how this degradation is blocked by the Spindle-Assembly Checkpoint.  To schedule an appointment please email mark.solomon@yale.edu.