Rex Chisolm, PhD

Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies; Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics; Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine; Center for Genetic Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Chisholm received both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan where he was a trainee of the NIH training program in Genetics. As a doctoral student Dr. Chisholm investigated recombination between DNA introduced into cells and cellular chromosomes, a process critical for the genetic modification of animal cells and animals. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he developed methods for analyzing the patterns of gene expression during development.

Since 1984, Chisholm has been on the faculty of Northwestern University where his research program uses genetic and molecular genetic approaches to investigate the fundamental process of cell motility. These studies have contributed to our understanding of processes such as wound healing, tumor metastasis, and embryonic development. Author of over 140 scientific papers and abstracts, Chisholm has served as a member of scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. He also served as Director of the Biomedical Hands-on-Laboratory of the Science Writing Fellowships Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

Chisholm received a Basil O’Connor Fellowship from the March of Dimes and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Between 2000 and September 2007, Dr. Chisholm served as the founding director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, a partnership between Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare that facilitates the development of new genetic knowledge and its application to medicine. In July 2007, he was appointed Vice Dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Studies in the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Chisholm’s research has focused 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.

Contact Information:

Office: Rubloff Building Suite 12-191
Phone: 312-503-3209
r-chisholm [at] northwestern [dot] edu

Program Assistant:

Tina Shontz
Office: Rubloff Building, 12th Floor
Phone: 312-503-0340
k-shontz [at] northwestern [dot] edu