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Department Administration

  • Antonio Giraldez


    Antonio studied Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Cadiz and the University Autonoma of Madrid. During undergraduate, he worked with Gines Morata at the CBM in Madrid. Antonio did his PhD with Stephen Cohen at the EMBL (Heidelberg) (1998-2002) and a post-doc with Alex Schier at the Skirball Institute (NYU) and Harvard (2003-2006). Antonio established his laboratory at Yale in 2007 where he investigates the regulatory codes that shape gene expression during embryonic development. He was Director of Graduate Studies (2012-2016) and is currently Chair of the Genetics Department (2017- ).

  • Valerie Reinke


    Valerie Reinke attended University of Illinois, receiving her B.S. in Genetics in 1990. She then went to University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas for graduate work in the laboratory of Gigi Lozano. There she studied mechanisms of tumor suppression by the factor p53, and received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1996. Valerie performed her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Stuart Kim at Stanford University in California, focusing on initiating genomic studies of a model organism, the nematode C. elegans. While there, she developed an interest in the role of gene expression in regulating C. elegans germline development. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the Department of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine, and continues to apply genome-wide technologies to understanding gene regulatory mechanisms in the germ line.

  • Caroline Hendry

    Scientific Manager and Advisor to the Chair

    Caroline was born in Brisbane, Australia and earned her undergraduate degree in Genetics at the University of Queensland, Australia. She earned her PhD under Prof Melissa Little at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and went on to do a post-doc with Prof Ihor Lemishka at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY. Following her postdoc, Caroline moved to Cambridge, UK, where she took on a new role as Reviews Editor for the journal Development, covering the stem cells and regeneration fields. She is now the Scientific Director and Advisor to the Chair and is responsible for the overall management of the research portfolio of the Department.