A. Thomas Look, M.D.

Vice Chair for Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School

Dr. A. Thomas Look is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as Leader of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center’s Leukemia Program. He is the principal investigator on several NIH-funded grants, including a program project focusing on T-ALL pathogenesis.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Look has published multiple peer-reviewed papers about the molecular basis of apoptosis and cancer and the application of molecular genetic findings to improve the treatment of childhood malignancies, particularly T-cell acute leukemia and neuroblastoma. He moved from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1999 specifically to establish a research program in the zebrafish model. He used this research to conduct genetic studies aimed at the identification of novel targets for cancer therapy, and he is now internationally recognized as a leader in this field. His laboratory has developed the first zebrafish transgenic model of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and childhood neuroblastoma, opening up the opportunity to apply the powerful genetic technology available in the zebrafish to identify new molecular targets for therapy in these childhood cancers.

Dr. Look received his M.D. degree and postgraduate training in Pediatrics from the University of Michigan and his fellowship training in Pediatric Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Prior to his appointment at Harvard, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.