Jonathon Howard, BS, PhD

Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics

Departments & Organizations

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry: Howard Lab | Neurobiology | Protein Folding and Dynamics | Structural Biology

Faculty Research

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Office of Student Research

Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology: Membrane Biology and Motion; Neurobiology; Transcriptional Regulation | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Neuroscience

Office of Cooperative Research


Jonathon (Joe) Howard is a biophysicist interested in how motor proteins and the cytoskeleton shape and move cells. He uses optical and mechanical techniques to study the behavior of individual molecules, and uses theory and computation to understand how molecular interactions give rise to coordinated, collective behavior at the cell level. After studying mathematics (B.Sc.) and neurobiology (Ph.D.) at the Australian National University in Canberra, he has moved around geographically—Bristol, San Francisco, Seattle, Heidelberg, Dresden, New Haven—where he has pursued a diverse range of scientific interests including vision, audition, intracellular transport, mitosis, cell motility, embryonic development and neuronal morphogenesis.

Education & Training

PhD Australian National Univ (1983)
BS Australian National Univ (1979)

Honors & Recognition

  • Pioneer AwardNational Institutes of Health (2015)

  • Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics & BiochemistryYale University (2013)

  • Timoshenko FellowMechanical Engineering, Stanford University (2008)

  • MemberEuropean Molecular Biology Organization (2004)

  • Scientific MemberMax Planck Society (2000)

  • MERIT AwardNational Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (2000)

  • FellowJohn Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1996)

  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical SciencesPew Charitable Trusts (1990)

  • Sloan Research FellowAlfred P. Sloan Foundation (1990)

  • Australian National Undergraduate ScholarAustralian National University (1976)

Professional Service

  • Review Panel, Chair Center for Mechanobiology, Singapore (2015)

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Member Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, Dresden University of Technology (2013)

  • Advisory Council, Chair RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Kobe/Osaka, Japan (2013)

  • RIKEN Advisory Council, Member RIKEN, Wako, Japan (2013)

International Activity

  • Alan J. Hunt Memorial Lecture Ann Arbor, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Woods Hole Physiology Course Falmouth, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Bragg Lecture Cambridge, United Kingdom (2014 - 2014)

  • Arthur K. Parpart Endowed Lecture Falmouth, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Poincaré Seminar Paris, France (2009 - 2009)

  • George A. Feigen Memorial Lecture Stanford, United States (2006 - 2006)

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Contact Info

Jonathon Howard, BS, PhD
Office Location
Bass Center
266 Whitney Avenue, Ste Room 334

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 208114
266 Whitney Ave

New Haven, CT 06520-8114

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