About Enrique M. de la Cruz: Enrique M. De La Cruz, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) at Yale University. He is a first generation Cuban-American who was raised in Newark, NJ. Dr. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) with Dr. Thomas D. Pollard at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Drs. H. Lee Sweeney and E. Michael Ostap at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. De La Cruz has published extensively in the areas of actin and myosin regulation, RNA helicases, and signaling enzymes, for which he has received a number of awards and honors. Among them are the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, NSF CAREER award, Keith R. Porter Symposium Award from the Society for General Physiologists, and a Hellman Family Fellowship. Dr. De La Cruz is also actively involved with various scientific societies, journals and peer review committees. He has or currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biophysical Journal and Biophysical Reviews, the Publications Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and the Macromolecular Structure & Function C Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.