Life in the Department

Progress Report

The Cell Biology Department has a longstanding weekly Progress Report series in which graduate students and postdocs give talks about their research in front of the whole department. This is a great forum for everyone to hear and learn about the research going on in other labs, and for both graduate students and postdocs to hone their presentation skills. Every Cell Biology student is expected to present a Progress Report talk each year beginning the 3rd year.

Progress Report is held in SHM C-428 on Friday from 11 AM to noon during most of the year except in summer. Each speaker has 30 min for the talk and questions. During the summer, Karin Reinisch and Lisa Crotty will request from each PI the names of lab members to be put on the progress report speakers list for the coming year. Students 3rd year and up are required to give a progress report every year and are automatically scheduled unless a special waiver is requested by the student’s PI. 

It is the responsibility of the speaker, and ultimately of the speaker’s PI, to find a replacement in case the speaker cannot speak on the assigned date. 

Each speaker is required to submit the talk title to Lisa at least a week prior to the scheduled date of the talk.

Refreshments of bagels, muffins, and coffee/tea are served 10:45am.


The Cell Biology Department hosts a seminar series in which scientists from other institutions are invited to talk about their research. The seminar is generally held on Tuesday at 1:00 pm in varying rooms at the medical school, including C428 SHM, Brady Auditorium (B131) and The Anlyan Center TACN107. Coffee/tea and cookies are available 15 minutes before the seminar. 

It is expected that all students will attend all of the seminars offered by the Cell Biology seminar series, regardless of topic.

Students and postdocs, in addition to faculty, are strongly encouraged to invite and host seminar speakers. Please discuss names of potential speakers with Patrick Lusk the faculty currently in charge of the seminar series. Susan McMahonempty and Fani Meyerson are in charge of travel arrangements, seminar announcements, and meeting appointments for seminar speakers. Hosts are responsible for ensuring that their speakers have an enjoyable time while visiting the department.

Students and postdocs are also strongly encouraged to attend a session with the seminar speaker held immediately after the seminar, usually in room C225 SHM. In addition to cheese and crackers snack , this is a great opportunity to meet the seminar speaker. Please contact either Susan McMahon or Fani Meyerson.


Cell Biology has an annual Departmental Retreat.  The main purpose of the retreat is to foster inter-departmental contact and engage in scientific discussions and social activities. Yale's West Campus has been the preferred destination for our retreat in the last few years. The retreat consists of Faculty talks, Postdoc and Graduate Student Lightning talks,poster session and poster session prizes. The Cell Biology 2017 Retreat will be held at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts on October 5th and 6th.  Contact either Emily Dering or Susan McMahon for further information about the retreat.

Cell Bio Mixer

The department has a mixer on scheduled Friday's from 4:45-6:15 PM held in SHM C-428. The Business Office is responsible for the excellent varieties of wine, beer, cheese and other food featured at the mixer. An email and flyer announcement is dispersed by either  Fani Myerson, Lisa Crotty or Emily Dering. Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend. If you have any ideas or would like to help out, please email Fani.