Head of Branford College

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Professor Enrique De La Cruz


Enrique M. De La Cruz, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B).  He is a first generation Cuban-American raised in Newark, NJ.  Dr. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University in Newark 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 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and received postdoctoral training in Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He was a Visiting Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA) & Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France in 2009, a Mayent-Rothschild Senior Researcher Fellow at the Institut Curie, Paris in 2015, and an Invited Professor Fellow at ESPCI Paris Tech (école supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris) in 2016.

Dr. De La Cruz’s research focuses in the areas of cell motility and the cytoskeleton (actin and myosin). RNA processing enzymes and motor proteins, and signaling enzymes involved in blood clotting and calcification. He is actively involved with various scientific societies, journals and peer review committees, as well as numerous outreach activities to advance and promote underrepresented minorities in the sciences. He has organized annual national meetings for the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the Biophysical Society, and served on study sections and research panels for the NIH, NSF, American Heart Association, as well as funding agencies in England, Israel and France. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Myokardia, Inc. in San Francisco, CA and Inozyme Pharma LLC in New Haven, CT.

Professor De La Cruz lives in Branford House with his wife Leslie Carmin, Associate Head of Branford College, and their two sons, Ezra Thomas (9 years old) and Lucien Amauri (6 years old), and their cat, Tobo-maury. Before moving to Branford College they lived in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven.




Associate Head of College Leslie Carmin

Leslie A. Carmin is the Associate Head of Branford College. She was born in Indianapolis, IN and raised near Louisville, KY. After studying Art History and Printmaking at Indiana University in Bloomington she worked as an Art Prepator and a Print Restorer n Craig Finner Gallery, a Baltimore art gallery specializing in 19th century prints. She later became the Curator at Images Friedman Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, where her curatorial interests focused in American Folk Art traditions with found objects and in Crafts. She left Louisville to become the Gallery Director at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a ceramic art and teaching institution that houses galleries, resident artists, studio spaces, classrooms and the Claymobile outreach program. While at The Clay Studio her curation focused on figurative ceramics and the launch of a retail shop for ceramics, she assisted teaching in local schools through the Claymobile program, and created a continuing lecture series for exhibiting artists.

Upon moving to New Haven she became the Gallery Coordinator at Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, Connecticut, where she researched and installed exhibits in contemporary realism for over eight years. In addition, she maintained a busy volunteer commitment as a Docent at the Yale British Art Center (BAC) for six years, where she was also hired to teach various children’s classes relating to the exhibitions and The Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Today she is the proud mother of two creative and funny boys who keep her busy. She free-lances as an illustrator, teacher, curator, and exhibit designer, while continuing to exhibit her artwork nationally.