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Dr. Mark S. Mooseker

  • A professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Cell Biology and Pathology at Yale University, Dr. Mark S. Mooseker ’67, is known around the world for his research on the molecular basis of cellular movements.  One of his most important contributions to science has been to discover and characterize a number of molecular motors called myosins.  He and his colleagues have shown that defects in some of these myosin motors contribute to hereditary diseases such as blindness and deafness.

    Dr. Mooseker graduated cum laude, with distinction in Biology, in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania, then in 1976 received his Ph.D. from the same university.  Professor Mooseker holds joint appointment in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology and the Department of Pathology.  In 1997, he was honored with the named Ross Granville Harrison Professor endowed chair.   Some other distinctions Professor Mooseker has received are the R.R. Bensley Award by American Association of Anatomists (1983), an Elected Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1991), and the NIH MERIT award in 1996.

    Professor Mooseker serves as an Editorial Board Member for The Journal of Cell Biology, Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Current Opinion in Cell Biology, CellStructure and Function, and the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. He is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology and has served on advisory boards and panels of government and private funding agencies, providing expertise on science policy.  Dr. Mooseker has been an invited symposium speaker at various international meetings in France, Austria, Germany, Canada, and Japan.  In addition to speaking, he has authored more than 150 publications. 

    Throughout his time as a world-renowned research scientist, Dr. Mooseker has maintained an important commitment to teaching.  He has trained twelve Ph.D. students and twenty-one postdoctoral fellows and currently has five students and three post doctorates in his laboratory.  A testimony to his training abilities is that a large number of his Ph.D. and postdoctoral students are now tenured at research universities around the country. 

    Dr. Mooseker is married and resides in Hamden, CT, with his wife and two children.