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
BASS 238 (203-432-2172) 

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

  2022 | 2023 | 2024|2025


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.


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.


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.

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.

Class of 2025

Joe Howard

YSB C-149


Jonathon (Joe) Howard was raised in Sydney and studied mathematics as an undergraduate and neurobiology as a graduate student at the Australian National University in Canberra. After studying vision as a PhD student and hearing as a postdoc, he was a professor at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle for a decade, then spent a dozen years as a Director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, before joining in the faculty at Yale in 2013. He is best known for his single-molecule studies on motor proteins and the cytoskeleton. His biochemical work on purified proteins is complemented with cellular studies on neuronal development, cilia and flagella, and mechanical sensation in the ear and skin.


Kai Zhang

340 YSB


Kai Zhang obtained his Ph.D at the Institute of Biophysics (IBP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2013. He worked as a postdoc in the Carter lab at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology from 2014 to 2018. He joined the MB&B department as an assistant professor at the beginning of 2019. Kai Zhang has over 14 years of rich experience in advanced cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) since his undergraduate research. His lab is interested in the mechanisms of highly dynamic supercomplexes in the cellular context at atomic resolution. He is developing frontier methodology in cryo-EM and electron tomography to achieve this goal.