David Breslow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS): Cell Cycle and Signal Transduction; Cytoskeleton; Membrane Biology; Sensory Systems from Molecules to Cells to Organisms | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Cell Biology; Chemical Biology; Development; Genetics and Genomics; Human Disease; Imaging (super-resolution); Molecular Mechanisms; Quantitative/Systems Biology; Signal Transduction


David Breslow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. David received an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 2004, working in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Schreiber. David then did his graduate work at the University of California, San Francisco in Dr. Jonathan Weissman’s lab. There he developed new high-throughput functional genomic tools for budding yeast and defined the function of Orm family proteins in sphingolipid homeostasis. As a postdoctoral fellow, David worked with Dr. Maxence Nachury at Stanford University, where he used a semi-permeabilized cell system to study protein entry into primary cilia and developed a CRISPR/Cas9-based screening platform to investigate ciliary signaling. A central focus of David’s work has been applying new systematic approaches to address fundamental questions in cell biology, with a current emphasis on the regulation and functions of the mammalian primary cilium. David joined the Yale MCDB faculty in January 2017.

Education & Training

PhD University of California, San Francisco, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2010)
AB Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences (2004)
Postdoctoral researcher Stanford University

Honors & Recognition

  • Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)National Institutes of Health (2014)

  • Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough ScientistsDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2014)

  • Connie and Bob Lurie FellowDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2011)

  • Graduate Research Fellowship National Science Foundation (2007)

  • Hertz Graduate Research FellowshipThe Hertz Foundation (2005)

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