Carl Hashimoto, professor and director of graduate studies of Cell Biology, joined the Graduate School as assistant dean on September 1.
In that capacity, he will help implement the initiative to improve graduate education and work with the Gruber Foundation at Yale, a program dedicated to the advancement of science and support of young scientists. The Gruber Foundation’s Science Fellowship Program, which Hashimoto will help administer, provides $2.5 million to support approximately 50 graduate fellowships each year.
“I am grateful to Dean Pollard for this opportunity to be involved in this important initiative to strengthen graduate education at Yale. For me the most rewarding part of being a professor and DGS is working with students and on their behalf, so I very much look forward to doing that on a much broader scale in this new role as assistant dean.”
Hashimoto was born in South Korea and grew up in San Francisco, California, earning his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student at Yale, he conducted his doctoral research in the lab of Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Following his graduation from Yale, Hashimoto performed postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and joined the Yale faculty in 1991.
Hashimoto’s laboratory investigates cellular and developmental processes that are regulated by proteolysis. Proteolysis drives a wide range of biological processes — from the cell cycle to embryonic patterning — and is thought to mediate complex brain functions such as learning and memory. Dysfunction in proteolysis is associated with many human disorders, including cancer and dementia. Hashimoto was a recipient of the Established Investigator Award from he American Heart Association as well as a Junior Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society.
The new dean’s fondest memory of life as a graduate student was meeting his future wife, Sandra Wolin, while working in the same lab. Wolin is now professor and vice-chair of Cell Biology and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry. They currently live in the adjoining town of Woodbridge with their 15-year-old son, Jeremy Wolin, who attends Amity Regional High School and the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven. Hashimoto is an ardent reader of short stories and novels and enjoys the visual arts in all their varied forms (including his son’s latest works).