Jonathon Howard, BS, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

Howard Lab

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program


Office of Student Research

Protein Folding and Dynamics

Structural Biology

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


Jonathon (Joe) Howard a biophysicist who is interested in the morphology and motility of cells. He who uses single-molecule techniques to study the individual and collective behavior of motor proteins and the cytoskeleton. He studied mathematics (B.Sc.) and neurobiology (Ph.D.) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Since then he has moved around geographically (Bristol, San Francisco, Seattle, Heidelberg, Dresden, New Haven) and scientifically (vision, hearing and hair cells, motor proteins, cytoskeleton, mitosis, cell motility and development).

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

  • 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

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

  • Scientific Council Board RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Kobe/Osaka, Japan (2013)

  • Scientific Council Board RIKEN, Wako, Japan (2013)

International Activity

  • Max Birnstiel Lecture Austria (2012 - 2012)

  • Arthur K. Parpart Endowed Lecture United States (2012 - 2012)

  • Poincaré Seminar Paris, France (2009 - 2009)

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

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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 208116
260 Whitney Ave

New Haven, CT 06520-8114

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