Erdem Karatekin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and PhysiologyInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramCellular & Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Membrane fusion; Exocytosis; Secretory vesicle dynamics; Fluorescence microscopy; Image analysis; Microfluidics; Supported bilayers; Proteoliposomes more...


  • BS, University of Louisville, 1994
  • M.Sc., Columbia University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1999

Selected Publications

  • Z. Wu, S. M. Auclair, O. Bello, W. Vennekate, S. Krishnakumar, and E. Karatekin*, “Control of fusion pore nucleation and dynamics by SNARE protein transmembrane domains”, submitted.
  • B. S. Stratton, Z. Wu, J. M. Warner, G. Wei, E. Karatekin*, and Ben O'Shaughnessy*, “SNARE-Mediated Fusion Pore Dynamics from Quantitative TIRF Microscopy” submitted.
  • M. R. Stachowiak, C. Laplante, H. F. Chin, B. Guirao, E. Karatekin, T. D. Pollard, and Ben O'Shaughnessy*, “Mechanism of Cytokinetic Contractile Ring Constriction in Fission Yeast”, Dev. Cell, 29, 547–561, 2014.



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