A native of upstate New York, Dr. T.J. Koerner received his Bachelor of Science with honours at the University of Toronto. T.J. then earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of Cincinnati. Following postdoctoral studies at Columbia University in New York, he joined the faculty at Duke University. His research interests included studying molecular mechanisms of regulation, specifically the immune response to cancer. Among his notable accomplishments was the development of the pATH series of expression and cloning vectors.
In 1988, T.J. joined the American Cancer Society in Atlanta as Scientific Program Director for molecular biology and cancer immunology. He is currently the Managing Director of Extramural Research Operations, where he oversees evaluation of the grants portfolio US$400 million and aspects of the flow of research information, including both systems within the Extramural Department as well as integration with the entire organization. He led the American Cancer Society’s adoption of an electronic review process and was instrumental in leading a number of research funding agencies to adopt a web-based system for online grants applications. T.J. also serves as the point person at ACS for the Pediatric Cancer Research partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.