Andre Levchenko, Ph.D., a leading researcher in intracellular signal transduction and cell-to-cell communication, has joined the School of Medicine and Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) as John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Levchenko combines molecular biology, microfabrication, and imaging techniques with state-of-the-art modeling to investigate how living cells sense their environments and communicate with other cells. Specifically, he focuses on signal transduction pathways that have been implicated in vital cellular functions such as the cell cycle, locomotion, and cell death, and their role in pathologies including cancer and AIDS.

Levchenko comes to Yale from The Johns Hopkins University, where he was associate professor of biomedical engineering.

He holds an M.S. in biophysics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and an M.S. and doctorate in bioengineering from Columbia University.

He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biology at the California Institute of Technology.

The Malone Professorship was established in 2011 by John C. Malone, a 1963 graduate of Yale College. Malone’s commitment of $50 million established 10 senior professorships in seas; the Department of Biomedical Engineering is co-administered by SEAS and the School of Medicine. Levchenko is the second professor to be appointed to a Malone chair, joining Jay Humphrey, Ph.D., who was named John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 2012.