CRI Director


Professor, Pediatrics

Director, Children’s Research Institute

Mary McDermott Cook Chair in
Pediatric Genetics

Investigator, Howard Hughes
Medical Institute

CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

“Groundbreaking research and medicine require commitment, vision and a relentless determination to push the boundaries of knowledge. At CRI, we want to make discoveries that have the potential to improve the treatment of disease and invest in translational research to try to deliver the benefits of that work to patients. Ultimately, our goal is to cure somebody who would not be cured otherwise.”

Sean J. Morrison, Ph.D., holds the positions of Director of the Children’s Research Institute; Professor of Pediatrics and Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics at UT Southwestern; and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also serves as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Dr. Morrison obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, then completed a Ph.D. in immunology at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology. From 1999 to 2011, Dr. Morrison was a professor at the University of Michigan, where he directed the Center for Stem Cell Biology. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2000.

Along with being selected a Searle Scholar, Dr. Morrison has been named to Technology Review magazine’s list of 100 young innovators and has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the International Society for Hematology and Stem Cells’ McCulloch and Till Award, the American Association of Anatomists Harland Mossman Award, and a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging.