Craig M Crews, PhD

Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry; Executive Director, Yale Molecular Discovery Center

Departments & Organizations

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology: Cell Cycle and Signal Transduction | Drug Design, Discovery and Mechanism

Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Developmental Biology | Molecular and Chemical Biology

Stem Cells and Tissue Repair


Craig Crews received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University. After postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, Dr. Crews joined the faculty of Yale University, where he is the Lewis B. Cullman Professor in the Departments of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacology. Since 2003, Dr. Crews has served as Executive Director of the Yale Center for Small Molecule Discovery. In addition to a Donaghue Foundation Young Investigator Award, Dr. Crews has received a Burroughs-Wellcome New Investigator Award, a CapCURE Research Award, the Friedrich Wilhem Bessel Award from the Humboldt Foundation and named an Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging. In 2005, Dr. Crews was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1992)
BA University of Virginia, Chemistry (1986)
Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard University

Honors & Recognition

  • FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2014)

  • UCB-Ehrllich Award for Excellence in Medicinal ChemistryEuropean Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (2014)

  • Entrepreneur of the Year 2013Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) (2013)

  • Senior Scholar in AgingEllison Medical Foundation (2011)

  • Guest ProfessorUniversity of Konstanz (2010)

  • Lewis B. Cullman Professor of MCDBYale University (2010)

  • Bessel Research AwardAlexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006)

  • FellowRoyal Society of Chemistry (UK) (2005)

  • Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty Member in the Social or Natural SciencesYale University (1999)

  • New Investigator AwardBurroughs Wellcome Fund (1996)

  • CaPCURE Research PrizeAssoc. for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate (1996)

  • New Investigator AwardDonaghue Foundation (1996)

Professional Service

  • Editorial Advisory Board ChemBioChem (2010)

  • Editor Chemistry & Biology (2007)

  • Executive Director Yale Center for Small Molecule Discovery (2003)

  • Editorial Board Chemistry & Biology (2001)

  • Editorial Board Molecular and Cellular Proteomics (2001)

International Activity

  • Visiting Professor- University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany (2010 - 2013)

    Guest Professor, University of Konstanz

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