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Elsa Yan, PhD

Professor of Chemistry; Admission Committee Chair, Chemistry; Editorial Board Members, Biophysical Journal; Scientific Advisory Board Members, Polymer Research; Review Panelist, Molecular Architecture of Life

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Elsa Yan, PhD

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Elsa Yan was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995. Working with Kenneth Eisenthal on nonlinear optics and surface sciences, she obtained her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2000. From 2000-2004, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Richard Mathies's lab at UC Berkeley and a visiting fellow in Thomas Sakmar's lab at the Rockefeller University. She combined Raman spectroscopy with techniques in molecular biology to understand the molecular mechanism of signal transduction in the G-protein coupled receptor rhodopsin. In 2004, she joined The Rockefeller University, where she continued to develop methods in expression and purification of membrane proteins. In 2007, Elsa became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Yale. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Full Professor in 2014.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Rockefeller University (2007)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of California, Berkeley (2004)
  • PhD
    Columbia University, Chemistry (2000)
  • BS
    Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chemistry (1995)

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