Enabling tranformative research and teaching initiatives


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Raymond and Beverly Sackler

Dr. Raymond and Beverly Sackler

Raymond and Beverly Sackler

Institute Director, Prof. Lynne Regan, with Dr. Raymond and Beverly Sackler at the Inaugural Symposium

The Institute

A generous gift from Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Beverly Sackler allowed the establishment of an institute for the biological, physical and engineering sciences in the fall of 2008. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences brings together faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences enabling transformative research and teaching initiatives. Members of the Sackler Institute are committed to a new paradigm that transcends traditional boundaries both between disciplines and between research, teaching, and learning.

Currently, there are 46 faculty members from 15 departments affiliated with the Institute, but anyone whose research or teaching interests mesh with the vision of the Sackler Institute is welcome to participate and suggest new initiatives. Faculty from the following departments are currently affiliated with the Institute: Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Chemical and Environemtnal Engineering, Chemistry, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Physics, and Pathology.

Research Thrusts

Current initiatives of the Sackler Institute are closely coordinated with Yale's Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology (PEB). Research thrusts include:

  • cellular shape and motion
  • force generation and sensing
  • systems and synthetic biology
  • informatics & data mining
  • cell fate
  • modeling biological processes
  • biomaterials and bioinspired design
  • method development