Joe Howard

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Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics
C130A, Sterling Hall of Medicine (SHM) 333 Cedar Street New Haven CT 06510
+1 (203) 432-7245

Research Interests

Biophysics; Microtubules; Mitosis; Molecular Biology; Physics; Molecular Motor Proteins; Nanotechnology; Axoneme; Biostatistics


Jonathon (Joe) Howard is a biophysicist interested in how motor proteins and the cytoskeleton shape and move cells. He uses optical and mechanical techniques to study the behavior of individual molecules, and uses theory and computation to understand how molecular interactions give rise to coordinated, collective behavior at the cell level. After studying mathematics (B.Sc.) and neurobiology (Ph.D.) at the Australian National University in Canberra, he has moved around geographically—Bristol, San Francisco, Seattle, Heidelberg, Dresden, New Haven—where he has pursued a diverse range of scientific interests including vision, audition, intracellular transport, mitosis, cell motility, embryonic development and neuronal morphogenesis.

Education & Training

PhD Australian National Univ (1983)
BS Australian National Univ (1979)

Honors & Recognition

  • Pioneer Award National Institutes of Health (2015)

  • Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry Yale University (2013)

  • Timoshenko Fellow Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (2008)

  • Member European Molecular Biology Organization (2004)

  • Scientific Member Max Planck Society (2000)

  • MERIT Award National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (2000)

  • Fellow John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1996)

  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences Pew Charitable Trusts (1990)

  • Sloan Research Fellow Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1990)

  • Australian National Undergraduate Scholar Australian National University (1976)

Professional Service

  • Review Panel, Chair Center for Mechanobiology, Singapore (2015)

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Member Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, Dresden University of Technology (2013)

  • Advisory Council, Chair RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Kobe/Osaka, Japan (2013)

  • RIKEN Advisory Council, Member RIKEN, Wako, Japan (2013)

International Activity

  • Alan J. Hunt Memorial Lecture Ann Arbor, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Woods Hole Physiology Course Falmouth, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Bragg Lecture Cambridge, United Kingdom (2014 - 2014)

  • Arthur K. Parpart Endowed Lecture Falmouth, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Poincaré Seminar Paris, France (2009 - 2009)

  • George A. Feigen Memorial Lecture Stanford, United States (2006 - 2006)