New Deputy Scientific Director Joins Stokes


Tom Curran, Ph.D., joined Children's Hospital on July 1 as the new Deputy Scientific Director for the Joseph Stokes Jr. Institute and Professor of Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania.

During his career, Dr. Curran has made numerous fundamental scientific contributions in the fields of neurobiology, signal transduction, and cancer biology.

"His investigations have opened up several new realms of scientific endeavor and his work has had profound implications for our understanding of fundamental biological processes as well as novel medical applications," says Chief Scientific Officer Philip R. Johnson, M.D.

He has authored more than 240 publications and holds the rare distinction of being listed as a high-impact scientist in three fields (Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and Genetics and Microbiology) by ISI, and was ranked fourth in the world in Molecular Biology and Genetics from 1998 to 1992. In addition to these outstanding academic credentials, Dr. Curran is also known as an outstanding teacher, mentor, and administrator.

As deputy scientific director, Dr. Curran will oversee certain critical administrative aspects of research operations for the Stokes Institute. In addition, he will continue his academic pursuits by leading an interdisciplinary translational research center devoted to pediatric and adult brain tumors. The center will bring together investigators from across the academic campus to focus on this important scientific and clinical problem.

Before joining the Hospital Dr. Curran was with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, where he served as chairman of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology and was a member of the senior leadership.