Rex L Chisholm, PhD
Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics
Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies
Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Vice President for Research
Dr. Chisholm’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms responsible for various aspects of cell movement including cell migration, intracellular movements responsible for separating chromosomes during cell division and moving cellular components inside of cells. Research from his laboratory has also helped us understanding how this movement is regulated. This work helps us understand critical processes such as wound healing, the formation of tissues during embryonic development as well as disease processes such as tumor metastasis. He is also very actively involved in the area of bioinformatics which involves the use of computer technology to facilitate the use of very large amounts of data such as is associated with genome sequences. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Chisholm also has a strong interest in the public understanding of science. He speaks regularly to lay audiences about issues of biomedical research and especially genetics and stems cells. In addition to fostering public understanding of the science behind these timely research areas, he is also interested in stimulating a public dialog regarding the impact these technologies will have on society and on our lives.