Vice President for West Campus Planning & Program Development
Scott Allan Strobel, B.A., Ph.D.
Scott Allan Strobel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and a Professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He completed his graduate studies at Caltech and postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the Yale faculty in 1995 and served as Department Chair from 2006-09. In January 2011 he began serving as the Vice President for West Campus Planning and Program Development with responsibility for implementing scientific, arts and educational efforts on the Yale West Campus. In 2004 he was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the Natural Sciences by Yale College and in 2007 he received the Graduate Mentoring award from the Yale Graduate School. In 2008 he received the Schering Plough Research Institute award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2009 he was named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow by the Office of Naval Research. In 2006 and again in 2010 he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor to promote efforts in undergraduate science education. With this award he instituted a program to explore microbial and chemical diversity in the world's rainforests as a means to inspire undergraduate students in the sciences. Scott’s own research focuses on RNA catalysis in systems ranging from group I intron splicing to the peptidyl transferase center of the ribosome. He also studies the structural basis of riboswitch function and he has a program to study biofuel production from novel organisms isolated as part of the rainforest program.