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Bluma Lesch, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Genetics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences



Bluma (Bibi) Lesch works on the genetics and epigenetics of reproduction and development, with a special interest in the evolution of epigenetic and chromatin states in mammals. Understanding the evolution of gene regulation in gametes requires integrating information across a wide range of biological scales, from the regulation of molecules to the development of individuals to the evolution of species. Dr. Lesch’s work brings together these divergent approaches to thinking about biology.

Dr. Lesch earned her B.S. from Yale University in 2003. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2010 from Rockefeller University and her M.D. in 2011 from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, MA, from 2011-2017, where she was awarded an NIH Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship and also named a Hope Funds for Cancer Research postdoctoral fellow. She received a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists in 2015, and returned to New Haven to join the Yale faculty in 2017.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Pew ScholarPew Biomedical Scholars Program2021
Searle Scholar AwardSearle Scholars Program2019
Kingsley FellowYale School of Medicine2017
Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award2015
Whitehead Institute Postdoctoral Association Education AwardWhitehead Institute2012
Davenport College Richter FellowshipYale College2001

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