Jonathon Howard BSc, PhD

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

Biographical Info

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

Australian National Univ (1979)
Australian National Univ (1983)

Honors & Recognition

  • Timoshenko Fellow
    Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (2008)
  • MERIT Award
    National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (2000)
  • Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
    Yale University (2013)
  • Member
    European Molecular Biology Organization (2004)
  • Scientific Member
    Max Planck Society (2000)
  • Fellow
    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1996)
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
    Pew Charitable Trusts (1990)
  • Sloan Research Fellow
    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1990)
  • Australian National Undergraduate Scholar
    Australian National University (1976)

Professional Service

  • Member, Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, Dresden University of Technology (07/01/2013)
  • Chair, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Kobe/Osaka, Japan (01/01/2013)
  • Member, RIKEN, Wako, Japan (01/01/2013)

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