Michael J Caplan PhD, MD

C. N. H. Long Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Biographical Info

Michael J. Caplan received his bachelors degree from Harvard University and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1987. He joined Yale's Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology as a faculty member in 1988, and is currently the C.N.H. Long Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Cell Biology.

He has received fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for Science and Engineering, and a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He has also received the Young Investigator Awards from the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Nephrologists.

His work focuses on understanding the ways in which kidney cells organize and maintain their unique structures. His laboratory also studies the mechanisms responsible for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, and is working to identify targets for new therapies.


International Activity

  • Advisory Board of Telethon Italia
    Italy   (2009 - 2011)
    Serves on the scientific advisory board of Telethon Italia, a group of scientists of international standing, whose members are asked to review research grants, fellowships and career applications deriving from competitive calls

Education & Training

Ph.D.
Yale University (1987)
M.D.
Yale University (1987)

Honors & Recognition

  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize
    Yale School of Medicine 
  • Young Investigator Award
    American Society of Nephrology 
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize
    Yale University (2010)
  • Henry P. Bowditch Award Lectureship
    American Physiological Society 
  • Bohmfalk Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching
    Yale University (2000)
  • National Young Investigator Award
    National Science Foundation 

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