Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology; Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Departments & Organizations

Cell Biology: Colon-Ramos lab | Developmental Cell Biology and Genetics

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program


Office of Student Research

Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Cytoskeleton and Cell Morphogenesis; Developmental Biology; Genetics and Genomics | Neuroscience: Axon Guidance; Development; Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience; Neuroimaging


Daniel Colón-Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He completed his B.A. at Harvard University, his PhD in the lab of Dr. Sally Kornbluth at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kang Shen at Stanford University. The Colón-Ramos lab is interested in how synapses are precisely assembled to build the neuronal architecture that underlies behavior. To address this, they developed tools in the thermotaxis circuit of C. elegans. Their system enables unbiased genetic screens to identify novel pathways that instruct synaptogenesis in vivo, and single-cell manipulation of these pathways to understand how they influence behavior. As mechanisms underlying synapse structure and function are conserved, the research program seeks to enhance our understanding of synaptic cell biology in higher organisms, which may be important for disease.

Education & Training

PhD Duke University Medical Center (2003)
AB Harvard College (1998)
Postdoctoral fellow Stanford University

Honors & Recognition

  • AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with ScienceAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)

  • Sloan Research Fellow (2010)

  • Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences (2009)

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Contact Info

Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, PhD
Office Location
Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Avenue, Ste Room 436B

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208002
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8002

Colon-Ramos Lab