Alanna Schepartz, PhD

Sterling Professor of Chemistry

Departments & Organizations

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

Office of Cooperative Research

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics


Alanna Schepartz is a Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale.  Her research has shaped thinking in multiple areas, including the mechanisms of protein-DNA recognition and transcriptional activation; protein design and its application to synthetic biology; and the process by which chemical information crosses membranes. She is widely recognized for reporting the first examples of both a miniature proteins and b-peptide bundles, which remains the only example of a protein-like fold without a-amino acids.   

Education & Training

PhD Columbia University, Organic Chemistry (1987)
BS State University of New York-Albany, Chemistry (1982)
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Caltech

Honors & Recognition

  • Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry American Chemical Society (2012)

  • ACS Chemical Biology Prize & Prize LectureAmerican Chemical Society (2010)

  • Frank H. Westheimer Prize MedalHarvard University (2008)

  • Elected FellowAmerican Academy of Arts

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