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Binyam Mogessie, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information

Binyam Mogessie, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, 266 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



Binyam Mogessie is faculty in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University.

Binyam was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to Germany where he studied biochemistry and cell biology at Jacobs University Bremen. He then moved to the UK for his PhD first at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Surrey and later at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology in Warwick, where he investigated the molecular mechanisms that organize the microtubule cytoskeleton during skeletal muscle differentiation and cell division. After receiving his PhD in cell biology from the University of London, he joined the MRC-LMB in Cambridge (and later at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany), where he discovered a function of the actin cytoskeleton in accurate chromosome segregation during female . In 2019, Binyam established his independent research laboratory as a Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale fellow and HFSP Young Investigator at the University of Bristol. He joined the Yale MCDB faculty in July 2022 where his lab continues mechanistic cell biology studies of female meiosis and reproductive longevity.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (2015)
  • PhD
    University of London, Institute of Cancer Research, Cell Biology (2011)
  • BSc
    Jacobs University Bremen, Biochemistry and Cell Biology (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Emerging Investigator AwardSociety for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF)2023
Young InvestigatorHuman Frontier Science Program2021
Cell Scientist to WatchCompany of Biologists, Journal of Cell Science2021
Sir Henry Dale FellowWellcome Trust and Royal Society2019

Professional Service

American Society for Cell Biology Minisymposium - Spindle Assembly and Chromosome SegregationCo-Chair2021
eLifeReviewing Editor2020 - Present
British Society for Cell Biology and Biochemical Society Dynamic CellCo-Organizer2020
American Society for Cell Biology Subgroup - Cytoskeletal Ensembles Across ScalesCo-Organizer2020
Molecular Human ReproductionAssociate Editor2019 - Present

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