Todd Evans is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the co-Director of the Ansary Stem Cell Institute and founded the Weill Cornell Program in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, which over the past several years has recruited top researchers in cancer biology, stem cell biology and chemical biology, forging collaborative working groups to build translational research programs, aiming ultimately to impact how we treat human disease.
Dr. Evans earned his doctoral degree in molecular biology at Columbia University in 1987, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before coming to Weill Cornell in 2009, Dr. Evans held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also directed the graduate school.
A recipient of the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, and a prestigious NIH MERIT award, his research focus is on organogenesis and regeneration. A primary strategy is to elucidate the molecular regulation of normal organ development during embryogenesis, considering that disease mechanisms often recapitulate or divert embryonic programs. The Evans laboratory studies hematopoietic and cardiovascular programs, in addition to gut-derived organs including the liver, pancreas, and lung. His research program is funded by the NIH and various foundations, and he has trained dozens of students and fellows.