Tom Pollard is the Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He received his BA from Pomona College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He was a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1977-1996 and President of the Salk Institute in San Diego from 1996-2000. He joined Yale University in 2001.
Pollard has been an integral member of the cell biology and biophysics communities and a strong political advocate for science for many years. He has been President of both the Biophysical Society and the American Society for Cell Biology, Director of the Physiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a member of the ASCB Public Policy Committee for 25 years. He has organized numerous meetings, has been a member of many committees and scientific advisory boards, and has been on the editorial boards of at least 10 journals. Together with William Earnshaw, he is the author of the popular textbook Cell Biology.
Pollard is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received numerous awards including the E.B. Wilson Award from the ASCB in 2005 and the Gairdner International Award in 2006.