Susan J Baserga, MD, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, of Genetics and of Therapeutic Radiology

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Years active at Yale: YSM Class of 1988; 1993-present

Dr. Baserga is being recognized because of her excellence in basic science research, in teaching and mentoring, and for her contributions to the history and progress of women at the school. A graduate of Yale College and YSM, Dr. Baserga has served in many leadership roles in the MD/PhD program as well as in her own department, including director of medical studies in the Department of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry,and program director in the Predoctoral Program in Cellular and Molecular. 

She has received many awards for her science and teaching including the “Bohmfalk Scholar in Medical Research,” and the Charles W. Bohmfalk Prize for basic science teaching. She was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012. Dr. Baserga has also been an advocate for women and the issues that affect them. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with the Committee for the Status of Women in Medicine, helping to create policy that increased day care options, pressed the dean to hire more women, and published yearly transparency documents for faculty salaries. The first sexual harassment guidelines at Yale University were written at that time by Dr. Baserga and this committee. Dr. Baserga’s science, teaching, and women’s advocacy constitute important contributions to our school.