Daniel A. Colón-Ramos, PhD, recently appointed as Dorys McConnell Duberg Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, focuses his research on how synapses are formed and maintained to control behavior and store memories.
Colón-Ramos’ discoveries have altered long-held views on the process and may offer important clues in the fight against disease.
A native of Puerto Rico, Colón-Ramos earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in genetics from Duke University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, supported by a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowship and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pathways to Independence award. In 2008, he joined the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at the Instituto de Neurobiología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Colón-Ramos is the recipient of the 2018 NIH Pioneer Award, the 2018 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Early Career Award, and the Sloan Research Fellowship. He was among the five Yale faculty members, and 84 designees nationwide, who were named Faculty Scholars under a new program instituted by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.