Derek K. Toomre PhD

Associate Professor of Cell Biology; Director of the YALE 'CINEMA' Laboratory (Cellular Imaging using New Microscopy Approaches)

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Office of Student ResearchSignal TransductionCell Biology: Membrane Traffic; Cytoskeletal DynamicsDiabetes Research CenterSignal Transduction

Research Interests

Cell Biology; Exocytosis; Endocytosis; Membrane Traffic; Tethering; Microscopy; Live Cell Imaging; TIRFM; Single molecule


  • M.S., University of California, San Diego , 1992
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego , 1996

Selected Publication

  • Zoncu R, Perera RM, Balkin DM, Pirruccello M, Toomre D, De Camilli P. A phosphoinositide switch controls the maturation and signaling properties of APPL endosomes. Cell. 2009 Mar 20;136(6):1110-21. PubMed PMID: 19303853; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2705806.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • NIH Director New Innovator Award(2007) , NIH
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