Hesper Rego, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

Departments & Organizations

Microbial Pathogenesis

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development


Hesper trained as physicist in both her undergraduate studies (Caltech, B.S. Physics, 2005), and her graduate studies (UCSF, PhD, Biophysics, 2011). She did her graduate work with the late Mats Gustafsson at UCSF and Janelia Farm. In his group, she developed a nonlinear form of Structured-Illumination Microscopy. Afterwards, wanting to explore a biological phenomenon she did her postdoctoral work with Eric Rubin at the Harvard School of Public Health where she became fascinated by the ability of genetically identical organisms to display different phenotypes. This phenomenon is especially important for the treatment of tuberculosis, a disease caused by the bacterial pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She is excited to start a research group at the intersection of these two areas: the application of advanced light microscopy techniques to investigate the strategies mycobacteria use to survive the stresses imposed by antibiotics and host.

Education & Training

PhD University of California, San Francisco, Biophysics (2011)
BS California Institute of Technology, Physics (2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard School of Public Health

Honors & Recognition

  • Pew Biomedical ScholarPew Charitable Trusts (2018)

  • Searle Scholar Award (2018)

  • Kingsley Award in Medical Research (2016)

  • Career Awards at the Scientific InterfacesBurroughs Wellcome Fund (2014)

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (2014)

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Contact Info

Hesper Rego, PhD
Lab Location
Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Avenue, Rm BCMM 337

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Avenue, Rm BCMM 336D

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Microbial Pathogenesis295 Congress Ave
BCMM 336D/337

New Haven, CT 06519

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