Scott Strobel, Ph.D., the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, was appointed in December to succeed Michael Donoghue, Ph.D., as vice president of West Campus Planning and Program Development. In this position Strobel will direct the second phase of growth at Yale’s 136-acre facility in West Haven.

Donoghue, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, developed the overall blueprint and launched many major initiatives at the site during his two-year term as the inaugural West Campus czar.

Strobel is an expert on the structure and function of RNA, a field in which Yale is a recognized world leader. He is also committed to improving education in the sciences. With a Professor Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Strobel takes students to South American rain forests each year to collect materials for the isolation and study of new microorganisms. His goal for the West Campus is to take a stimulating environment for the study of science to a new level.