Yale Scientist Plans Run for State Senate

Yale Scientist Plans Run for State Senate

Valerie Horsley, a professor of molecular and cell biology at Yale University, never had much interest in politics.

“Scientists are generally not social animals,’’ she said. “I think it’s a big step for us to get involved.”

Horsley said she once made calls for the Obama presidential campaign and pressed for greater access to child care and other issues at Yale but generally stayed away from the political realm.

Then 2016 happened. “I saw that science was under attack,’’ Horsley said. “The election kind of thrust me into politics.”

Horsley, a 41-year-old Democrat from Hamden, is making her first run for elective office. She is seeking her party’s nomination for...