Thomas Dean Pollard

Sterling Prof MCDB; Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development | Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyStructural BiologyCell Biology: Cytoskeletal Dynamics | Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry: Cell Cycle and Transcriptional Regulation; Structural Biology

Research Interests

Cytokinesis; cellular motility; role of actin filaments and myosin motors more...


  • B.A., Pomona College, 1964
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968

Selected Publications

  • Vavylonis, D., Wu, J.-Q., Hao, S., O'Shaughnessy, B. and Pollard, T.D. (2008) Assembly mechanism of the contractile ring for cytokinesis by fission yeast. Science 319:97-100.
  • Kovar, D.R., Harris, E.S., Mahaffy, R.E., Higgs, H.N., and Pollard, T.D. (2006). Control of the assembly of ATP- and ADP-actin by formins and profilin. Cell 724:423-435.
  • Wu, J-Q., Kuhn, J. R., Kovar, D. R. and Pollard, T. D. Spatial and temporal pathway for assembly and constriction of the contractile ring in fission yeast cytokinesis. Devel. Cell 5, 723-734 (2003)



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