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Tim Stearns

Professor of Biology
Tim Stearns
Tim Stearns is an Emeritus Professor who, as of Sept. 2022, is Professor and Head of Laboratory at Rockefeller University and Dean of the David Rockefeller Graduate School. He previously held the Frank Lee and Carol Hall Professorship in the Department of Biology at Stanford and was Senior Associate Vice Provost of Research. He also held appointments in the Department of Genetics in Stanford Medical School, the Stanford Cancer Institute, and Bio-X, and was a Faculty Fellow in Chem-H, and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Stearns is a member of JASON, a group that advises the government on matters of science, technology and national security and has also been an advisor to the National Academies of Science, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and the Defense Science Board. Stearns received a B.S. from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from MIT, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. His research concerns the mechanism and regulation of cell division, the organization of signaling pathways within cells, and cell biology of fungal pathogens. Stearns was named an HHMI Professor in 2002, for his work in science education, and has taught international laboratory workshops in South Africa, Chile, Ghana, and Tanzania. He was chair of the NCSD Study Section at NIH, and served on the editorial boards of several journals.


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Research Interests

Field of Interest
Cell organization and signaling and deciphering human genetic variation