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Joel Butterwick, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

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Joel Butterwick, PhD

Lab Location

  • Sterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
    333 Cedar Street, Ste SHM B334
    New Haven, CT 06510

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Joel obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He received postdoctoral training in the MacKinnon and Ruta Laboratories at The Rockefeller University before joining the Department of Pharmacology at Yale in 2020. As a postdoc, Joel used single-particle cryo-electron microscopy to determine the first high-resolution structure of an olfactory receptor, the insect Orco. At Yale, Joel is continuing to study smell and taste receptors to elucidate the elementary principles of chemosensory detection.

Education & Training

  • Research Associate
    The Rockefeller University (2020)
  • Postdoctoral Associate
    The Rockefeller University (2014)
  • PhD
    Columbia University, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (2006)
  • BSc
    University of Alberta, Biochemistry (1999)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Whitehall Foundation Research GrantWhitehall Foundation2022

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