LEADERSHIP

stem cell researcher, Sean Morrison
Director of the CRI

Sean J. Morrison is the director of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He holds the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics and the Kathryne and Gene Bishop Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research. Dr. Morrison completed a B.Sc. in biology and chemistry at Dalhousie University (1991), a Ph.D. in immunology at Stanford University (1996), and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology at Caltech (1999). From 1999 to 2011, Dr. Morrison was a professor at the University of Michigan, where he directed their Center for Stem Cell Biology. His laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate stem cell function in adult tissues and the ways in which those mechanisms get hijacked by cancer cells to enable tumor formation.

Among other awards, Dr. Morrison received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2003) and a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging (2009). He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (2018) and the National Academy of Sciences (2020). Dr. Morrison served as the President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (2015-2016) and has been active in public policy issues surrounding stem cell research, testifying before the U.S. Congress, and serving as a leader in the successful “Proposal 2” campaign to protect and regulate stem cell research in Michigan’s state constitution.

Board Of Directors

Scientific Advisory Boards

Administration

Board of Directors
Christopher J. Durovich

President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Health

Robert A. Chereck
Retired Executive Chairman, Southwest Securities, FSB
Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.
President, UTSW Medical Center
Steve Gruber
Partner, Blumenthal & Gruber, LLP
Stephen Skapek, M.D.
Interim Chair, Pediatrics, UTSW Medical Center
David W. Biegler

Retired Chairman, Southcross Energy Partners

Michael Serber
Vice President of Finance, UTSW Medical Center
Joan Conaway, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research, UTSW Medical Center
Sean Morrison, Ph.D.
Director, Children’s Research Institute
W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, UT Southwestern Medical School
 Scientific Advisory Boards 
Internal
Michael Brown, M.D.
Paul J. Thomas Chair in Medicine, UTSW Medical Center; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985
Eric N. Olson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Molecular Biology UTSW Medical Center; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Julio Perez-Fontan, M.D.
Physician-in-Chief, Children’s Medical Center; Robert L. Moore Chair, Pediatrics, UTSW Medical Center
Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
Chief, Division of Medical Genetics UTSW Medical Center; Member, National Academy of Sciences
David Russell, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research UTSW Medical Center; Member, National Academy of Sciences
W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, UT Southwestern Medical School
External
Stuart H. Orkin, M.D.
Chair, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Charles L. Sawyers, M.D.
Chair, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Gail Mandel, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute at Oregon Health and Science University; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Owen N. Witte, M.D.
Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.
Meyer Director and Professor of Cancer Biology, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine
Jonathan A. Epstein, M.D.
William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Administration

Teresa Hui, M.B.A., M.S.

Executive Director

Katie Regan, M.A.

Science Communications

Misti Wheat

Project Manager

Ashlei Johnson

Financial Analyst Supervisor

Diana Fonseca, M.P.A.

Grants Management Support

Saija Taavettila, M.A.

Grants Management Support

Leighsan L. Harrod, M.P.A.

Office of the Director

Laura Clarke

Procurement and Faculty Support

Brittany Arnett

Faculty Support

Daria Johnson

Faculty Support

Terry Mann

Faculty Support