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Enrique M. De La Cruz, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Head, Branford College

Contact Information

Enrique M. De La Cruz, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

    PO Box 208114, 266 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06520-8114

    United States



Enrique M. De La Cruz, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) and Head of Branford College at Yale University. He is a first-generation Cuban-American who was raised in Newark, NJ. Dr. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) with Dr. Thomas D. Pollard at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Drs. H. Lee Sweeney and E. Michael Ostap at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was a Visiting Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) & Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France in 2009, a Mayent-Rothschild Senior Researcher Fellow at the Institut Curie, Paris in 2015, and an Invited Professor Fellow at ESPCI Paris Tech (école supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris), Paris in 2016 and in 2019. Dr. De La Cruz’s research focuses on the actin cytoskeleton, molecular motor proteins, and nucleotide signaling enzymes. Dr. De La Cruz is currently involved with various scientific societies, journals, and peer review committees, and actively participates in a number of outreach programs focused on enhancing minority participation and career development in the sciences.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1997)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2022
MemberConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)2021
FellowAmerican Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)2021
100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in AmericaCell Press2021
Emily Gray Award in EducationBiophysical Society2018
250 FellowRutgers University2017
Rothschild-Yvette-Mayent Fellowship Institut Curie2015
Established Investigator AwardAmerican Heart Association2009
Abbott Distinguished LecturerPurdue University2003
Keith R. Porter Symposium AwardSociety for General Physiologists2001
Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship AwardLife Sciences Research Foundation1998
Commencement SpeakerJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine1997

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