Olson Laboratory

UTSW Moleculare Biology







Eric N. Olson, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairman of Molecular Biology

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas




  • 1973-1977 B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1977-1981 Ph.D., Biochemistry, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate, Wake Forest University


  • 1981-1983 Postdoctoral Fellow (with Dr. Luis Glaser), Dept. of Biological Chemistry, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1984 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 1989 Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 1991 Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • 1991-1995 Robert A. Welch Professor in Chemistry
  • 1995-present Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular Biology, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center
  • Director, Hamon Center for Basic Cancer Research
  • 1995 Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Distinguished Chair
  • 1999-present Associate Director, D.W. Reynolds Center of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 2001 Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor
  • 2005 Annie and Willie Nelson Professor in Stem Cell Biology
  • 2006 Pogue Distinguished Chair in Research on Cardiac Birth Defects

    Selected Honors:

  • 1998 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1998 Edgar Haber Cardiovascular Medicine Research Award, American Heart Association
  • 1999 American Heart Association Basic Research Prize
  • 1999 Gill Heart Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 1999 Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Pasarow Foundation Award in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • 2000 NIH, MERIT Award
  • 2001 Elected to the Institute of Medicine of National Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 Bristol-Myers Squibb "Freedom to Discover" Unrestricted Research Award
  • 2003 Founding Distinguished Scientist Award, American Heart Association
  • 2003 Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Cardiovascular Diseases, McGill University
  • 2005 Outstanding Investigator Award, International Society for Heart Research (ISHR)
  • 2005 Pollin Prize in Pediatric Research, Columbia University
  • 2008 American Heart Association Research Achievement Award
  • 2009 LeFoulon Delalande Grand Prix Awarded by the Institut de France and French Academy of Science
  • 2009 Charles Butcher Award in Genomics and Biotechnology, University of Colorado
  • 2009 Robert Beamish Leadership Award, University of Manitoba
  • 2010 Medal of Merit, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences
  • 2012 Passano Award
  • 2012 Steven C. Beering Award
  • 2013 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology
  • 2014 International Okamoto Award