Todd Evans graduated with a BA from Northwestern University in 1982, and earned his doctoral degree in molecular biology at Columbia University in 1987, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After rising through the academic ranks at Pittsburgh and Albert Einstein (where he served as dean of the graduate program), he was recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine in 2009 and is currently the Peter I Pressman MD Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair for Research, and Chief of the Division of Research in the Department of Surgery. He is also the co-Director of the Ansary Stem Cell Institute and founded the Weill Cornell Program in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine in Surgery. He is the recipient of a Searle Scholar Award, the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, an Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award, and an NIH MERIT award. He was recently honored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute through an Outstanding Investigator award. He has served on many national and international review committees, and was recently named to Chair the NIH study section in Cardiovascular Differentiation and Development. In 2017 he was appointed Associate Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. He has co-authored over 135 original manuscripts and his program is particularly well known for contributions to understanding the function and regulation of GATA transcription factors. The research focus of his laboratory is on organogenesis and regeneration, defining molecular mechanisms regulated by transcriptional, epigenetic, and signaling pathways. His laboratory models human disease using zebrafish and pluripotent stem cells, targeting disorders including leukemia, heart disease, and degenerative disorders of the liver and pancreas. His group is funded by the NIH, New York State, and several foundations. Dr. Evans has been honored with multiple teaching awards and he has trained dozens of students and fellows.