Tom Pollard graduated from Pomona College in 1964. At Harvard Medical School he began a lifetime of research on the molecular basis of cellular movements. As a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Salk Institute and Yale, his research group discovered and characterized proteins that produce forces for cells to move. They used microscopy, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and mathematical modeling to formulate and test detailed molecular explanations for the roles of actin filaments in cellular movements, endocytosis and cytokinesis. Pollard chaired his departments at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Yale and served as President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is now Sterling Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at Yale. Professor Pollard served as president of two scientific societies and in leadership positions at the National Academy of Sciences. His honors include the Gairdner International Award, E.B. Wilson Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine.
Prof. Pollard also explores classical music, running, and hiking.