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Erdem Karatekin, PhD

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

Contact Information

Erdem Karatekin, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Cellular & Molecular Physiology

    Nanobiology Institute, 850 West Campus Drive

    West Haven, CT 06516

    United States



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 Chemistry 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, 2000-2002), 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 a faculty in 2012.

Education & Training

  • Visiting Research Scientist
    Yale University, School of Medicine (2011)
  • Investigator
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (2011)
  • Post-doctoral fellow
    Curie Institute (2003)
  • PhD
    Columbia University, Chemistry (1999)
  • MSc
    Columbia University (1996)
  • BS
    University of Louisville, Chem. Eng. (1994)


  • Membrane fusion and exocytosis
    Paris, France 2003
    Research faculty
  • Dynamics of lipid membranes
    Paris, France (2000-2002)
    Post-doctoral fellow

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Kavli Neuroscience Scholar AwardKavli Foundation2013
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 University1994

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