Enrique De La Cruz
Enrique De La Cruz
Professor and Chair of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Head, Branford College, Yale School of Medicine
Elected to the Academy in 2021


Rutgers University, 1991, BA, Biology/Chemistry; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1997, PhD, Cell Biology

Professional Area

Biophysics; actin interactions with multiple myosins; role of ATP in actin polymerization and depolymerization; profilin-actin interactions; actin filament severing; helicase function; kinetic and thermodynamic analyses; mathematical modeling; serving as a role model in multiple service functions at Yale and in national and international scientific organizations; meeting organization.


Established international leader in the fields of molecular motors and the cytoskeleton; profound contributions to three areas of biophysics include deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying acto- myosin function, RNA helicase function, and the regulation and mechanics of actin filament severing.