Daniel Colón-Ramos is an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale University, adjunct professor at the Instituto de Neurobiología at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, and a Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) fellow. His lab is interested in understanding the cell biology of the synapse--how it is established, maintained and modified to influence behavior. His group has pioneered approaches to address these questions in single cells of the nematode C. elegans.
Colón-Ramos obtained his PhD at Duke University with Dr. Sally Kornbluth studying the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death, and his PhD work was recognized with a Gates Millennium Scholarship. He then joined the lab of Dr. Kang Shen at Stanford University as a Damon Runyon fellow and later, as a recipient of the “Pathways to Independence” (NIH K99/R00) award.
Colón-Ramos started as an independent investigator at Yale University in 2008. His lab’s scientific work has been recognized by the Klingenstein Fellowship Award in Neurosciences in 2009, a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2010, an AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science in 2012 and an HHMI Faculty Scholar award in 2016. His lab’s work was also recognized with the 2016 American Society for Cell Biology “E.E. Just Lecture Award”.