Jonathan Ellman, PhD

Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology

Departments & Organizations

Pharmacology: Primary Faculty

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology


Jon was born and raised near Los Angeles and received his B.S. degree at MIT and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and subsequently joined the faculty at the same institution. Prior to coming to Yale University, he was Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and jointly held a faculty position in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UC San Francisco. He has published more than 290 research articles on the application of chemistry to biomedical research.

Education & Training

PhD Harvard University, Chemistry (1989)
BS MIT, Chemistry (1984)
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow University of California at Berkeley

Honors & Recognition

  • Member, American Academy of Arts and SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016)

  • Yale Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural SciencesYale University (2016)

  • Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic MethodsAmerican Chemical Society (2012)

  • GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award (2010)

  • Pedler AwardRoyal Society of Chemistry (2010)

  • Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (2006)

  • Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry (2006)

  • Scheele AwardSwedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2003)

  • Achievement AwardSociety of Biomolecular Screening (2003)

  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar AwardAmerican Chemical Society (2000)

  • New Initiatives in Malaria Research AwardBurroughs Wellcome Foundation (1997)

  • Hitchings Award for Drug Design and DiscoveryBurroughs Wellcome Foundation (1993)

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Contact Info

Jonathan Ellman, PhD
Mailing Address
225 Prospect Street
PO Box 208107

New Haven, CT 06520-8107

Curriculum Vitae

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