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)

Andrew Miranker
(email to MBBUndergrad@yale.edu
BASS 318 (203-432-8954)

DUS Registrar

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

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

Andrew Miranker
(email to MBBUndergrad@yale.edu
BASS 318 (203-432-8954)

Faculty Advisors for Each Class Year

2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 2024

Class of 2021

Andrew Miranker

318 BASS (203-432-8954), Assistant Lisa Adams

Andrew Miranker studied Biology at Carnegie Mellon University, earned his PhD in Biophysics from Harvard, and did his postdoc in Biophysics at Oxford. At Yale he currently teaches MB&B 420a/720a Macromolecular Structure and Biophysical Analysis. Sporadically, he teaches MB&B 107 Being Human in STEM and MB&B 218 Art and Biomolecular Recognition. Miranker studies protein folding, misfolding and aggregation as it relates to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Diabetes Click here to visit his webpage.


Wendy Gilbert,

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. Click here to visit her lab webpage. 

Class of 2022

Michael Koelle

CE-28A SHM (203-737-5808)

Michael Koelle studied Mathematics and Biology at the University of Washington, earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University, and received postdoctoral training in neuroscience and genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Yale he currently teaches MB&B 101a Biochemistry and Biophysics, as well as MB&B 300a Principles of Biochemistry I.  His lab studies the mechanism neural  signaling through G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). Neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, as well as many addictive drugs act in the brain at at least in part through GPCRs that activate hetrotrimeric G proteins to modulate the activity of neurons.  The Koelle lab studies the molecular mechanism of such signaling.  The lab also studies how such signaling is used to control neural circuits, with these studies focused on using genetics and microscopy to analyze the egg-laying circuit of the simple nematode worm C. elegans.   Click here to visit the Koelle lab webpage.


Candice Paulsen

234 BASS, (203) 432-5342

Candie Paulsen was raised in Portland, Oregon. She majored in Genetic Biology (B.S., 2006) at Purdue University, she earned her PhD with Dr. Kate Carroll from the University of Michigan in 2011, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Julius at the University of California, San Francisco until 2017. She joined the Yale faculty in 2018 and is now an Assistant Professor in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where she investigates molecular mechanisms of pain, using biochemical, cell biological, and biophysical/structural methods.

Click  here to visit the Paulsen lab webpage.


Class of 2023

Lilian Kabeche

West Campus

Lily Kabeche was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the US at an early age. She has lived in many states including Illinois, Washington, Maryland, and Florida. Lily attended the University of Miami, where she majored in Microbiology and Immunology (B.S. 2007). She then did her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Dartmouth College in Dr. Duane Compton’s lab, where she studied the mechanism by which kinetochore-microtubules are regulated in mitosis to promote proper chromosome segregation. She went on to do her post-doctoral work in Dr. Lee Zou’s lab, at Mass General Hospital, Harvard University, where she identified a novel role for the DNA damage repair kinase, ATR, in mitosis. She joined the Yale faculty in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Her current work uses a combination of cell biology, biochemistry and microscopy to investigate the non-canonical roles of the DNA damage repair pathway and to further understand the role of ATR in promoting genome stability.


Matt Simon

220 BASS

Professor Simon obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Tufts University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California at Berkeley. He did post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His research interests focus on chromatin biology and how large non-coding RNAs influence chromatin. His lab uses a combination of biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and organic chemistry. Click here to visit his lab web page.

To schedule an appointment with professor Matt Simon, contact his assistant Paula Maher ([203] 737-3028)


Class of 2024

Franziska Bleichert



Franziska Bleichert grew up in Germany, where she graduated from Medical School before moving to the US to obtain her PhD in Genetics from Yale University in 2010. She performed her postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley as a Miller Fellow, and then at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In 2017, she started an independent research group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, and joined Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry as an Assistant Professor in January 2020. Her research focuses on understanding the operating principles of macromolecular machines involved in chromosome replication and in the maintenance of genome stability using a combination of structural biology, biochemical, biophysical, and cellular approaches.


Mark Hochstrasser

228 Bass


Mark Hochstrasser majored in Biochemistry (and German) at Rutgers University in New Jersey and earned his PhD from the University of California at San Francisco.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He started his own research group at the University of Chicago and then moved to Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, where he is currently the departmental chair.  His research is focused on the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Current interests include how this system of protein modification and degradation controls cell differentiation and responses to starvation and how endosymbiotic bacteria exploit this system to manipulate the reproduction of their eukaryotic hosts. His laboratory group uses a diverse array of genetic, biochemical, and cell biological methods.  Please click here to visit his lab webpage.