Caroline is the Scientific Director and Advisor to the Chair of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine. 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, specialising in stem cells and reprogramming. 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.
Caroline was recruited to Yale in 2018 where she is responsible for increasing the scientific impact of the Department of Genetics by leveraging new opportunities for innovation and discovery across basic and clinical genetics. To support this goal, Caroline maintains a strong leadership position in the Department of Genetics and also leads an Office for Strategic Research Development comprised of additional faculty and trainees.
A key aspect of the role is to foster interactions with Genetics faculty and other key stakeholders in genetics and genomics to develop and implement the scientific vision of the department and create strategic collaborations across Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, and industry. The role also provides leadership in driving new projects and programs to further the Department's mission and to translate existing research into new opportunities for growth.