Erdem Karatekin, PhD

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Departments & Organizations

Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

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


After obtaining his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville, KY (where he studied thanks to a swimming scholarship) Dr. Karatekin went on to study soft matter physics and chemistry at Columbia University with N. J. Turro and B. O'Shaughnessy where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1999. He then gradually moved toward studying dynamics of lipid membranes, first during his post-doctoral stay at the Curie Institute (with F. Brochard-Wyart), and later as research faculty at the Laboratoire de Dynamique Membranaire (CNRS FRE 3146), both in Paris, France.

Thanks to a long-term leave from the CNRS, he was a visiting research scientist in the laboratory of Dr. J. E. Rothman in Cell Biology at Yale during 2008-2011. He joined the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology as an assistant professor in 2012.

Education & Training

PhD Columbia University, Chemistry (1999)
MSc Columbia University (1996)
BS University of Louisville, Chem. Eng. (1994)
Visiting Research Scientist Yale University, School of Medicine
Investigator Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Post-doctoral fellow Curie Institute

Honors & Recognition

  • Kavli Neuroscience Scholar AwardKavli Foundation (2013)

  • Long-term fellowship.European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) (2002)

  • Post-doctoral FellowshipFondation Pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) (2001)

  • Post-doctoral FellowshipAssociation pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (ARC) (2000)

  • Hammett Award, “for excellence in studies and research toward the Ph.D.”Columbia University (1994)


  • Membrane fusion and exocytosis Paris, France (2003)

    Research faculty

  • Dynamics of lipid membranes Paris, France (2000 - 2002)

    Post-doctoral fellow

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