Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize - 2010
Thomas J. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D.
THOMAS J. KELLY, M.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he oversees a broad research program focused on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Prior to joining Sloan-Kettering in 2002, Dr. Kelly was Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins, where he determined the DNA sequences recognized by restriction enzymes, Dr. Kelly conducted research on animal viruses at the National Institutes of Health as a member of the U.S. Public Health Service. He joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1972. Dr. Kelly’s research has focused on how the genome is duplicated during the cell cycle with particular emphasis on the ways DNA replication is initiated and controlled. Dr. Kelly’s laboratory developed the first cell-free systems for studying the biochemistry of DNA replication in human cells.
Dr. Kelly was the co-recipient (with Dr. Bruce Stillman) of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Prize of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society.
Dr. Kelly has served on many national advisory boards and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH, and the Scientific Management Review Board, NIH.